9 Quick Tips to Keep Your HVAC Ready For North Carolina’s Severe Weather
Tropical storms, tornadoes, hail, lighting, flooding? North Carolina sees its share of severe weather. North Carolina gets about 31 tornadoes a year, mostly in spring. However, every year from September to November, North Carolina experiences a second wave of dangerous and costly tornadoes. Whether applying to your personal home, or asking your commercial HVAC service company or mechanical contractor to do so for your business, here are 9 quick tips to keep you HVAC ready for North Carolina’s severe weather.
- Maintain quality HVAC preventative maintenance from a reliable HVAC contractor. Your HVAC contractor and technicians can anticipate, plan and prepare your HVAC system for severe weather. Not only that, but in the event of damages, those with valued HVAC maintenance relationships will be first to be assessed and repaired.
- Secure all HVAC equipment. Install and tighten bolts to secure your equipment to base platforms or footers.
- Secure hurricane straps. These straps are designed to protect units from high speed wind during hurricanes.
- Purchase and install HVAC unit covers. Covers will help keep dirt and debris out, but also protect units in the case of projectiles.
- Keep unit areas clear. Any item outside that is not secure can be blown by high winds.
- Maintain trees. For the same reason above, having well maintained trees will keep weak or broken tree limbs from breaking off and damaging your HVAC units in severe weather.
- Elevate HVAC units on platforms to protect them from water damage. Do not forget to secure them with proper straps and bolts. Install sump pumps that work automatically to pump out water.
- Identify locations of all circuit breakers and thermostats. In the event of a major storm, you might consider turning off the power to your HVAC equipment. Turning off the system at these locations can prevent damage, fire, and electric shock. Remember to wait for a professional HVAC inspection before turning your system back on.
- Install surge protectors and consider purchasing back-up generators. Lighting causes power surges, and is a common cause of HVAC insurance claims. Surge protectors will help protect your HVAC equipment from shorting out.
HVAC systems are important to every business or home. Protecting your HVAC system from the effects of severe weather prevents costly damages, saves energy, and prolongs the life of your HVAC system.