As we brace ourselves for another southwest Florida hurricane season, it’s time to make sure our homes are prepared for the intense storms that might come our way. One of the most important things you can do is prep your AC system for hurricane season. The more preparation you do, the more likely your AC will be able to handle the high winds, heavy rainfall, and potential power surges that are part and parcel of storm season. At our Dolphin Cooling, we’ve put together some essential tips to help you safeguard your air conditioning system and avoid those costly repairs.

How to Prep AC System for Hurricane Season

Secure Your Outdoor Unit

1. Hurricane Straps and Anchoring:

One of the best ways to protect your outdoor AC unit (or heat pump) is by securing it with hurricane straps. These are designed to hold your unit in place during strong tropical storms and hurricane-force winds, reducing the risk of significant damage. You’ll want to make sure your unit is firmly anchored to a concrete pad to prevent it from tipping over or becoming airborne.

2. Clear Loose Debris and Patio Furniture:

Before a storm hits, make sure to clear any loose debris, outdoor furniture, or tree limbs from around your outside unit. These items can become dangerous projectiles in heavy winds and cause severe damage to your HVAC equipment.

Electrical Safety Measures

3. Surge Protectors and Circuit Breakers:

Installing a surge protector is a great way to shield your HVAC system from electrical surges caused by lightning strikes and power outages. Also, know the location of your circuit breaker and be prepared to shut it off before a storm to prevent power surge damage.

4. Backup Generators:

Consider investing in a backup generator to keep your home’s heating and cooling system running during a power outage. This can also provide peace of mind knowing your major appliances will stay operational.

Routine Maintenance and Inspections

5. Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Check:

Routine maintenance by a knowledgeable technician can identify potential issues and needed repairs before the stormy weather hits. Ensuring your cooling system is in good shape can prevent major damage during a big storm.

6. Trim Tree Branches:

Cut back any overhanging tree branches near your outdoor HVAC units to minimize the risk of damage from falling limbs during a storm.

What to do After the Storm

Inspect Your System

After a severe storm or the entire week of bad weather, have an expert technician inspect your home’s HVAC system for any storm damage. This can help you catch any issues early before they become expensive damage.

Clean Up Surrounding Areas

Once the storm passes, clear away any debris that might have accumulated around your outdoor AC unit. This helps maintain proper airflow and reduces the risk of water damage and other potential issues.

Extra Tips for Peace of Mind

Secure Your Outdoor Equipment

If possible, make sure all outdoor equipment is moved to a safe place. This includes outdoor furniture and any loose items that could pose a risk during high winds of these storms.

Know Your Power Company’s Policies

Understanding your power company’s policies on power outages and after-hours fees can save you time and stress if you need AC repair after a storm.

Remember, preparing your air conditioning system for hurricane season is an important step in protecting your home and ensuring your comfort throughout the long season. By taking the right steps now, you can avoid severe damage and costly repairs down the road. Stay safe, SWFL, and let’s weather this stormy season together with confidence and a solid plan in place.

For more personalized advice and to schedule a maintenance check, contact us today. Your satisfaction guarantee is our top priority!