While Ave Maria, FL, is one of the state’s most beautiful places to live in, the beginning of June means the beginning of hurricane season for all of Florida. As a resident of our area, you probably already have a plan in place to weather some of the storms that blow through our area. However, there are three specific things you should remember when you’re preparing your HVAC system for hurricane season.

1. Clean up Debris

Make sure that you keep the area around your outdoor HVAC unit clean of any debris or heavy items that could potentially damage the system. When hurricane winds start blowing, those items could slam into your equipment and do significant damage.

2. Cover the Unit

In general, you should make sure that your air conditioner isn’t blocked so it can receive proper airflow. However, with hurricane season coming up, it’s a good idea to have a cover on hand that can protect your outdoor unit.

Your HVAC system contains several delicate parts, including fan blades, that may suffer damage during harsh storms. A cover can help protect them.

3. Secure the Equipment

In the most serious of storms, it is vital that you ensure your outdoor HVAC unit is firmly attached to the ground. Over time, the bolts and screws that hold the system together may begin to loosen. In addition to making sure that the bolts and screws are secure, you should invest in hurricane straps that can keep your equipment from moving during a storm.

Once a storm passes, you should contact a professional HVAC service technician to inspect your system and make sure your system didn’t suffer damage. Call JP Brett & Sons Air Conditioning today to find out more about storm proofing your system or to learn about the rest of our HVAC services.

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