How to Protect Your Air Conditioner During a Thunderstorm or Hurricane
If we're talking severe weather, it's no surprise to Floridians, and Tampa residents, that we experience a heightened amount of inclement weather in comparison to other parts of the nation, including thunderstorms, lightning storms, and hurricanes.
While we're sure you're accustomed to this type of weather and the measures you have to take to protect yourself and your family members, the thought of protecting your air conditioner may not be top of mind. That's why we came up with a small list of what you can do, so next time you don't even need to think about it!
If a storm is heading into the area, take the following actions to protect your air conditioner until the bad weather passes:
Turn Off Your Air Conditioner
Before a storm, you should turn off your air conditioner from the breaker if you’re going to experience high winds. If high winds aren’t in the forecast, you can turn your AC off from your thermostat. Either way, if lightning strikes your unit or there's a power surge, your unit could be damaged — or worse — it could spark an electrical fire.
Tie Down Your Unit
If you're expecting strong winds and your system is elevated, it's a good idea to secure the AC down with hurricane straps. Be sure to tighten any loose parts of your air conditioner and take out any window systems you may have.
Cover the AC
It's also a good idea to cover your air conditioner with a tarp. High winds, trees, and other landscaping items can fall or fly around and hit your unit as well as get debris in your system. When you cover your unit, it helps to prevent unforeseeable damage and can save you in the long run. However, be sure to uncover your AC as soon as it's safe to do so, otherwise, mold can grow in your vents.
Lastly, it's most important for you and your family to stay safe and take the precautions that are the best for you! And remember, the team here at ACS Home Services can help with any of your AC needs! If you're in need of maintenance, installation or repair, contact us at (813) 213-3537.