Prepare Your AC Unit for Hurricane Season

The 2011 Florida hurricane season is expected to be one of the worst we’ve seen in five years. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of the Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project estimates that there will be 17 named storms, which include nine hurricanes and five major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. Now is the time to prepare your Florida home, including your air-conditioning unit. It only takes one storm to create the havoc and destruction that will destroy your property, your financial stability, and your sanity. Here are some helpful hints to ensure your AC unit stays protected in the high winds, falling debris, and dangerous lightening.
To-Do List for Hurricane Preparation

  • Turn your AC unit off prior to a severe storm.
  • If you have a window unit, unplug it entirely.
  • Cover your outdoor unit with a tarp prior to a storm to protect it from rain and debris.
  • Do not turn your unit back on immediately following a storm or hurricane.
  • Inspect the unit and surrounding area first to ensure it’s in proper working condition.

Hurricane Air Conditioner Kit

When it comes to protecting your home and your AC unit, it is best practice to be safe rather than sorry. A hurricane kit is ideal for any Jacksonville, Florida homeowner. These kits will protect your investment and prevent surges of electricity during a major storm or hurricane.

What a Hurricane Kit Protects

A hurricane kit is designed to provide enhanced protection against heavy power surges. During an average heavy storm, your electricity is compromised at least once which results in a surge of electricity coursing through your home. If your electrical equipment is not properly protected, it can destroy everything from your AC unit to your computer and even your telephones. A hurricane kit protects against heavy power surges. By turning off the power to your unit, you block a potential surge at the source. An essential kit will ensure your investment continues working after the storm passes and your electricity is restored.

Bring in a Professional

It’s ideal to schedule an inspection of your AC unit to ensure it can withstand the wear and tear that a hurricane can create. Also, it’s a good idea to bring in a professional Jacksonville, Florida heating and air technician after a hurricane as well.

Contact Snyder Heating & Air to schedule your pre-and-post hurricane AC unit inspection. It’s your investment; protect it with the help of our qualified HVAC technicians.

Posted June 3rd, 2011 under Air Conditioning, News, Tips | Comments Off