HVAC Storm Protection
It is storm season here in the Mount Lake Terrace, WA area. And while you might be safe and dry inside, curled up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee, a very important part of your life is outside in your yard: your HVAC unit!
At Blue Flame, we understand the importance of protecting your HVAC from water, wind, and debris typical for stormy weather. Here are a few tips for HVAC storm protection form our team of licensed experts.
Do It Yourself
Here are some of the ways you can take HVAC storm protection into your own hands.
- Clean up the yard.
When you remove excess dirt and debris from your yard, it reduces the likelihood that it will end up washed or blown inside your HVAC unit. Even small debris can damage the circuitry inside if it lands in the wrong spots. Be sure to pick up any garden tools laying around and consider bringing outdoor furniture up to the porch until the storm has passed.
- Stop using your unit.
Do your heating or cooling during the hours leading up to the storm and turn your unit completely off or use it as little as possible while the storm is raging. This will keep your unit safe from unexpected power surges from lightning nearby.
- Cover your unit.
Once your unit is safely turned off, protect it from hail and debris damage by covering it with a thick canvas-like material.
- Clear out vents and exhaust pipes.
In addition to keeping the area around your unit clear, make sure nothing can become trapped inside one of your vents and slow down your system.
- Do an assessment after each storm.
Check for dents, flood damage, mold, debris, loose wires, or anything else problematic around your HVAC unit after storms. If something seems amiss when your unit is running, call a professional to troubleshoot the problem.
For the Professionals
These pieces of HVAC storm protection advice are best left to a licensed HVAC technician. Keep these thoughts in mind when you schedule your next routine maintenance check!
- Get professional grade covers.
Although a regular tarp will cover your HVAC in a pinch, it is ultimately not an ideal storm protection solution. A professional HVAC technician can give you more details about placing proper protective covering over your unit.
- Consider whole-house surge protection.
Instead of having to sacrifice comfort for the sake of surge protection safety by turning your unit completely off, protect your HVAC and all your electronic appliances and devices by installing a whole-house surge protector for your electrical panel.
- Consider elevated installation.
If you are building a new property or replacing your HVAC unit any time soon, ask your technician about installing your unit in an elevated position. This will help prevent any water damage from flooding.
We hope our tips for HVAC storm protection will help keep both you and your unit safe during the rainy weeks ahead!
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.