Airdex offers tips to protect your home during hurricane season.
You may not have noticed, but hurricane season is already here. So far, the storms have been in the Florida and Caribbean area. But they will be heading North soon enough. Is your home prepared?
“Hopefully, we will not seeing anything as disastrous as Superstorm Sandy, which flooded thousands of homes, took lives and left people in 20 states without power,” said Harvey Stoller, President of Airdex Inc., a leading HVAC service company. “But storms far less powerful than Sandy can do a lot of damage. There are steps that you must take to protect your home, property, and even your life.”
Airdex Inc., which has been in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business for almost 60 years, has some tips to offer. Remember, the hurricane season can last until the end of November.
- Before a hurricane arrives, turn off your HVAC system. This is especially important if there is a possibility of a power outage. Circuit breakers and thermostats should be turned off. This will prevent damage to the compressor and other parts of the system. If your system is a window unit, unplug the unit.
- Make sure to cover the outside part of the system. We suggest using hurricane straps to make sure outside units are protected from strong winds.
- Be sure also to remove or secure any items that might fly around and hit the units or systems. Storms are great at picking up things like aluminum lawn furniture and tossing them about.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system right after the hurricane is over. This is important when there has been flooding because water from the storm should not be in the system. Mr. Stoller adds, “Saltwater has the ability to destroy an HVAC system. Have a trained technician check for saltwater damage before turning your system back on.”
- As long as the technician is there, have him or her check out the entire system before turning it all back on. The technician can also make sure that you are using energy efficient methods.
- Power surges are a danger to your HVAC system. An electric surge can cause severe damage. We advise installing a surge protector for all of your important devices.
Airdex Inc. is a leading HVAC service provider with more than 60 years of experience. Airdex services air-conditioning, chillers, computer room units, boilers, heating and refrigeration systems in Manhattan, the Five Boroughs of New York City, and the New Jersey area. To learn more about Airdex Inc., please visit http://www.airdexinc.com/ or call toll free at 800 2-Airdex.