Before a hurricane, turn off your air conditioning system at the circuit breaker to ensure that the A/C unit is completely turned off. Hurricanes and strong tropical storms can definitely cause power surges that will inflict storm damage to your A/C system as well as electrical fires that could put you, your family, and your home in danger.
If you have a window air conditioner unit, it is very important to remember to remove it before a hurricane so you can close and secure the window. It’s very common during a hurricane or strong tropical storm for window A/C units to be easily ripped right out of the window and this can cause severe A/C unit damage to your Tampa home.
If you have a central air conditioning system in your Florida home, then you will need to protect your outdoor unit with the proper weatherproof material. You can use a specially designed vinyl condenser cover or a tarp that is properly secured to withstand hurricane force winds.
To offer the most protection to your outdoor a/c unit from flying debris it is best to use a pre-fabricated decorative metal or wood frame. Plywood can also be used to help protect your a/c system from any heavy winds or rains that could damage it.
Most hurricanes and strong tropical storms can leave you and your home without any electrical power. When the storm passes don’t find yourself without power or running A/C to cool your home! A backup generator is the best way to ensure you and your family having a running air conditioning system after the storm passes.
It’s also very important to walk around your home securing any and all loose items. Tools, patio furniture and children’s toys all need to be cleared from your yard.
During a hurricane or strong tropical storm, many of these items can become very dangerous flying projectiles that can be tossed around by strong gusts of wind and can easily end up causing damage to your A/C system.
Make sure that any outdoor air conditioners are secured with hurricane straps to protect them from hurricane force winds.
In the mean time, here are a couple of helpful hurricane preparation guides so you can prepare your home for Tampa’s storm season:
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