Preparing Your AC and Home for Hurricane Season
June is here and with it comes not only the first official day of summer, but also the first official day of hurricane season in Florida. What does that mean for you and your home? It means being vigilant and understanding the needs of your family and your ability to measure the potential damage a hurricane could pose to your home. Government officials offer a hurricane readiness and preparation guide that all resident of Florida should heed. In addition, to prepare your home’s air conditioning system for a potential storm, consider the following tips.
Perform regular air conditioning maintenance
Ensure that a recent service and maintenance visit has occurred in order catch and prevent any issues that may be aggravated by an oncoming storm. This should include:
- Changing your AC filters. This should occur every 30 days so as to improve indoor air quality and improve the lifespan of your unit.
- Alleviate any potential air flow issues around your outdoor unit. Clear brush and debris that could damage your unit in the event of high winds.
- Secure your unit. If you’re unsure if your AC system is prepared, contact a licensed and insured HVAC specialist to inspect and ensure that your outdoor unit is properly secured.
Review your insurance policies
Become familiar with the specifics of your homeowner’s policies as well as the stipulations of any flood insurance you may have. With hurricanes, wind, water, and fire damage are all potential threats to your home. Make sure your coverage is enough to cover what Mother Nature may have to throw at you.
Fix drainage issues that could impact your home
Strong hurricanes bring lots of water with them. Pay attention in the coming weeks during our rainy season to potential low spots or areas around your yard that may be prone to flooding. Observe how water accumulates around your home as well as your outdoor AC unit. These drainage issues should be corrected before a substantial storm occurs.
If you’re curious about preventative maintenance for your air conditioning system in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season, give our team a call. American Air Cares has been a leading expert in air conditioning repairs in Stuart, and surrounding areas, for over 25 years, and we will be glad to provide you with answers to all your questions.