How to Prepare Your AC for Florida’s Hurricane Season

by | Jul 3, 2024

Hello, Ormond Beach families! Living in Florida, we know that hurricane season is a part of life. While we can’t control the weather, we can take steps to protect our homes and our comfort. At Cool Breeze Heating & Air, we want to help you get your AC unit ready for hurricane season. Here are some practical tips to ensure your AC system stays safe and functional during the stormy months.

Why Prepare Your AC for Hurricane Season?

Hurricanes can bring strong winds, heavy rain, and flying debris, all of which can damage your AC unit. Preparing your AC for hurricane season helps prevent costly repairs and ensures your system can keep you cool and comfortable once the storm passes.

Step 1: Schedule a Pre-Season Maintenance Check

Before hurricane season begins, it’s a good idea to have a professional AC technician inspect your system. At Cool Breeze Heating & Air, our experts can check for any issues and make sure your unit is in top shape. This pre-season checkup can identify problems that could be worsened by a hurricane.

Step 2: Clear the Area Around Your AC Unit

Take a look at the area around your outdoor AC unit. Remove any loose objects like garden tools, potted plants, and toys that could become projectiles in strong winds. Trim any overhanging branches or bushes to prevent them from falling on your unit during a storm. Keeping the area clear reduces the risk of damage from flying debris.

Step 3: Secure Your AC Unit

One of the most important steps in hurricane season AC preparation is securing your unit. Use hurricane straps or metal brackets to anchor your AC unit to a concrete base. This helps prevent the unit from being knocked over or moved by strong winds. If you’re not sure how to secure your unit, our team at Cool Breeze Heating & Air can help.

Step 4: Turn Off the Power

When a hurricane is approaching, it’s crucial to turn off the power to your AC unit. This helps prevent electrical damage from power surges and flooding. Locate the circuit breaker for your AC unit and switch it off before the storm hits. If you’re unsure how to do this, contact us at Cool Breeze for guidance.

Step 5: Cover Your AC Unit

Covering your AC unit can protect it from flying debris and heavy rain. Use a specially designed AC cover or a sturdy tarp to cover the unit securely. Make sure the cover is tied down or weighted to prevent it from blowing away. However, remember to remove the cover as soon as the storm passes to prevent moisture buildup, which can cause mold and rust.

Step 6: Elevate Your Unit if Possible

If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider elevating your AC unit. Raising the unit on a platform or concrete blocks can help prevent water damage. While this may require professional assistance, it can save you from costly repairs and ensure your AC unit remains functional after the storm.

Step 7: Check for Damage After the Storm

Once the storm has passed and it’s safe to go outside, inspect your AC unit for any visible damage. Look for signs of flooding, debris, or physical damage to the unit. If you notice any issues, don’t try to fix them yourself. Contact Cool Breeze Heating & Air for a professional inspection and necessary repairs.

Step 8: Turn Your AC Back On

After ensuring your AC unit is free from damage, you can turn the power back on. Wait for the electrical system to stabilize if there have been power outages. Turn on the circuit breaker for your AC unit and test the system to make sure it’s working properly. If you encounter any problems, our team at Cool Breeze is here to help.

Bonus Tips: Protecting Your Home and Family

In addition to preparing your AC unit, there are other steps you can take to protect your home and family during hurricane season:

  • Create an emergency kit with essentials like water, food, medications, and batteries.
  • Develop an evacuation plan and know your local evacuation routes.
  • Keep important documents and valuables in a waterproof container.
  • Install storm shutters or board up windows to protect against wind and debris.

Stay Safe and Cool with Cool Breeze Heating & Air

Hurricane season can be stressful, but taking these steps to prepare your AC unit can help ease some of the worry. At Cool Breeze Heating & Air, we’re dedicated to keeping our Ormond Beach community safe and comfortable, no matter the weather. If you need assistance with hurricane season AC preparation or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

By following these tips, you can protect your AC unit and ensure it continues to keep your home cool and comfortable all year round. Remember, we’re here to help with all your AC needs, from maintenance and repairs to new installations. Stay safe, Ormond Beach!

For more information or to schedule a pre-season maintenance check, contact Cool Breeze Heating & Air today. We’re your trusted partner for all things AC in Ormond Beach and beyond.

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