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Spring Storm Protection for Your HVAC

by VitalStorm Content on March 15, 2019

storm protection for your hvac

Spring time means blooming flowers and warm sunshine are on the way, but it also means the start of storm season. Severe weather can wreak havoc on many parts of your home, including your HVAC unit.

While HVAC outdoor units are durable and designed to withstand storms, it’s still a good idea to adequately prepare them for harsh winds or hail. Here is a guide to storm protection for your HVAC from our teach of technicians at Blue Flame.

1. Clear the area.

The biggest danger to your unit is furniture or lawn decorations flung around by the wind. If you hear that severe weather is on its way, keep lawn décor away from your HVAC. Clear your yard of debris such as fallen branches. Try to make sure your HVAC is out of the line of fire if the winds become extreme.

2. Pre-heat or pre-cool your home.

It’s a good idea to turn off your HVAC system during a storm (we’ll explain why in the next step). But powering down your unit can make your home temporarily uncomfortable. Try raising or lowering the temperature more than you would normally and closing all doors and windows. The temperature-controlled air will linger for a while after you turn off your HVAC system and keep you comfortable.

3. Power down your unit.

Once you have sufficiently warmed up or cooled down your house, go ahead and turn your HVAC system off for a few hours while you wait for the storm to pass. Electrical surges from lightning strikes can fry your unit, and debris can get stuck in the motor.

4. Cover your unit temporarily.

This step is optional, since the exterior of your HVAC system is very durable. But some homeowners feel more comfortable if their units are covered and protected during a bad storm.

Make sure you only follow this step if you have turned your system off first. And make sure to completely remove your storm cover or anything else that might be blocking airflow to your outdoor unit after the storm has passed. If you turn on your HVAC and let it run while something is covering the intake and exhaust vents, it can cause major problems in your system.

5. Inspect your unit immediately after the storm.

After the storm has cleared, go outside and visually inspect your HVAC unit for damage before you turn it back on and start using it. If you see anything that doesn’t look right, don’t delay repairs. Call a professional to schedule service as soon as possible.

Still have questions about storm protection for your HVAC?

If you are still uncertain about the best ways to protect your HVAC system from an upcoming storm, call our team at Blue Flame any time! Our trusted technicians are always happy to answer questions, recommend products, or put your mind at ease.

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.