No matter the season, the possibility exists of severe weather in Maryland. Whether the forecast calls for a winter freeze or severe weather warnings in the late summer months, you should always know exactly how to protect your house from the elements. This includes taking steps to protect your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, as bad weather can easily cause damage to it. Here are a few ways to prepare your HVAC system before severe weather strikes your home.
Cover It Up
High winds can cause debris such as branches to soar through the air at fast speeds, which can easily cause damage to any HVAC equipment positioned outside. Covering your HVAC system with a tarp or a sturdy material can help protect it from being damaged by airborne tree limbs, rocks or other flying debris. Covering the unit can also protect the HVAC system from snow or from getting anything inside of it that could cause damage to its inner workings, such as the coils or motors.
Use a Surge Protector
A power surge during a weather event can wreak havoc on electronics, including your HVAC system. Not every power surge will immediately destroy the inner electronics of an HVAC system, but it could cause deterioration over time if the proper precautions are not taken. Surge protectors help shield against the damage that such sudden power surges can bring by rerouting extra voltage away from whatever is connected.
Turn it Off
If you are sure that severe weather is coming your way, and you do not necessarily need your HVAC system to run for the entire storm duration, then it could be a good idea to turn it off for the time being. This would protect your HVAC system against the damage that power surges can bring, as it would not even be operating during the weather.
Clear the Surrounding Area
To minimize the possibility of debris flying into your HVAC system during a severe weather event, it is a good idea to ensure that the outside area around your unit is clear. That means removing any tools, outdoor furniture, children’s toys or other debris surrounding your HVAC system that could cause damage after being picked up by the wind.
Regularly Inspect Your System
Regardless of whether you are anticipating severe weather, It is essential to have a professional regularly inspect your HVAC system to keep it in working order. Making sure to keep a constant eye on the health of your system throughout the year will increase its longevity.
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