Floridians know how destructive hurricanes can be, leaving millions of dollars worth of damage in their wake. Although you can’t prevent a hurricane, you can take proactive measures by preparing your commercial HVAC system in advance for hurricane season.
Recognize the risks that your HVAC system may face during hurricane season:
- Water - Outdoor HVAC units are designed to withstand normal weather conditions, but a hurricane may bring torrential rains or flooding.
- Wind - High winds may dislodge and damage HVAC equipment. Falling debris on the units may also cause problems to outdoor HVAC units.
- Lightning - Lightning strikes are possible during a hurricane. Lightning strikes have the possibility to destroy the internal electronics of an HVAC system.
- Schedule service and maintenance tasks - Prior to hurricane season, your HVAC system should be checked by a qualified HVAC technician, and planned maintenance services should be performed as recommended.
- Stay informed - Follow news and weather reports if there is a likelihood of a hurricane. You will usually have some time before a hurricane hits, which will let you take the immediate steps necessary to secure your HVAC system.
- Before the storm - If this is a building that is not to be evacuated and is temperature-controlled, you may Set the thermostat a few degrees colder than usual. This allows your HVAC system to cool your building to a comfortable level before the storm.
- During the storm - Power surges are common. The power could go one and off throughout the storm causing damage to your HVAC system. Follow the recommended instructions from your HVAC technician for how to turn off your HVAC system in this type of situation.
- After the storm - When conditions are safe, power up the HVAC system. If you notice damage to the unit, contact your HVAC technician to come out and inspect prior to starting up the unit.
- Contact an expert - contact your commercial HVAC technician to perform service and maintenance tasks, and to help ensure your HVAC unit is running properly. Early damage detection is key and can help save time and money!