Let’s face it - Florida knows hurricanes, and we should all know about the dangers and preparedness for an approaching hurricane. Hurricanes (also called tropical cyclones or typhoons) are rotating, tropical storms that form over warm ocean waters. They can pack some power - driving forward at speeds of 74 mph with winds up to 150 mph. Whether you are the owner of a small business or a large multi-national establishment, preparing your commercial facility for a hurricane is key. Commercial buildings are easy targets for these natural disasters and extremely difficult to repair or replace when they are destroyed. Preparing your commercial facility could save your business during even the most extreme power outages and dangerous conditions presented by major hurricanes.
Risks that your HVAC system faces during a hurricane:Water - A hurricane may bring torrential rains or flooding. Wind - High winds may damage HVAC equipment. Lightning - Lightning strikes have the possibility to destroy the internal electronics
Be prepared!Hurricanes are no joke. They can cause mass destruction and take a long time to recover from. However, do not despair - it’s possible to prepare for a hurricane the right way. Here are some ways that you can ensure that your commercial HVAC systems are maintained during hurricane season.
- 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.
- 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!