Colorado’s weather can change in an instant. We can go from sunshine to hail, 90 degrees to 50 degrees in a matter of a few minutes.
And while we may have a difficult time keeping up with the changes, your home has an even more difficult time.
While you may learn to deal with rainstorms, hailstorms, blizzards and floods, your home will not. It reacts to every condition in different ways. And with your HVAC equipment, if it’s not taken care of before a crisis occurs, it will be impacted. Most people only take care of problems after they occur. By taking advantage of a few ways of adding protection to your unit now, you can save yourself headaches down the road.
Covering Your HVAC Unit
You may not think about your air conditioning unit needing protection from the elements – it sits outside, after all – but you could be surprised by how vulnerable it is. Any HVAC technician will tell you how important it is to keep your unit free of excessive leaves, dirt, and debris. It’s also recommended to cover the unit to protect it from impact, especially if there is a storm in the forecast. High winds can cause leaves, dirt, debris, rocks, branches, hail or snow buildup around the unit.
A tight canvas cover and hail guards are beneficial to protect the aluminum fins, which can impact both the coil and the air flow. If your unit isn’t securely anchored, ensure that it is for added protection. Also ensure that the area around your unit is clear and free of items that can be blown into your unit, such as lawn furniture, umbrellas, tables, and garden décor.
Preparing For Power Outages
When heavy lightning is in the area, there is always a possibility of a power outage. Power outages also occur in extreme heat. And while the best way to protect your AC unit from damage is to unplug the unit before bad weather occurs, it’s rarely a possibility to do so before the storm. At a minimum, ensure your AC unit is on its own dedicated power line. If you do experience an outage and have the opportunity to unplug it, only do so if it’s safe. Do not go near the unit if a storm has caused damage, caused power lines to come down, or if heavy water exists around it.
Inspecting the HVAC Unit
After the storm, be sure to inspect your HVAC unit thoroughly before putting it back into use. It's for your unit’s protection and your own safety as well. If the unit has damage or is submerged in water, contact a HVAC specialist immediately to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
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