Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Air Conditioner Safety: 5 Preparation Tips For Large Summer Storms

Kristin Pierce

Summer storms are a frequent problem for many homeowners. Regardless of where you live, large storms are always potentially damaging to you and your home—and this includes your air conditioner unit. Fortunately, if you have enough notice you can take some steps to keep your AC unit safe and protected from harsh storms.

So how can you help protect your AC unit from harsh summer storms? Here's five tips:

1. Use a Surge Protector

A surge protector is a special type of outlet that helps protect your electronic devices from electrical surges. If you aren't yet using one on your air conditioner unit, you should definitely install one before a large storm hits. Because even if your unit is turned off, it can still receive electrical surges. If you can't make it to the store before the storm hits, unplug your unit to keep it safe from electrical surges.

2. Turn It Off

In addition to using a surge protector, you should also make sure to switch your air conditioner off before the storm approaches. Turning it off will help protect your unit, and home, from differing air pressures. If the storm is particularly large, consider turning the breaker switch off that leads to the unit; as this will further protect it from electrical damage.

3. Cover It Up

You should also take some time to secure your unit before the storm approaches. Ideally, you should strap it down and cover it up. If you do not have a specific cover for your unit, don't worry. You can use pretty much anything to cover it up, including a tarp. Simply wrap the tarp around the unit and secure it with a bungie cord. This cover will help prevent debris from getting stuck inside the unit, so make sure you cover it up to prevent damages.

4. Remove Window Air Conditioners

If you have a window unit, make sure you remove it before the storm hits. Strong wind gusts and flying debris can easily dislodge the unit, so definitely remove it if you can. This will ensure that your unit doesn't fall out of the window or get damaged.

5. Remove Loose Objects

Finally, take a few minutes to remove any loose objects in your yard. Grills, yard tools, patio furniture, and toys can all become airborne in a strong storm; and as you might expect, these can cause serious damage if they hit your AC unit. So take a few minutes before the storm arrives to clean up your yard.

When a large summer storm hits, you might be more worried about protecting your home and your family. However, with a few minutes and some quick thinking you can also protect your air conditioner unit. If, however, your AC does become damaged, don't hesitate to contact a professional (like C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning) for air conditioner repair.