Hurricane season can be legendary here in Florida. These storms don’t just bring the rain and wind - but they can also bring a wrath of damage in its wake. In addition, power outages can leave you without the comfort of cooling your business for hours - or even days. Not only is preparing your HVAC system for these strong storms a necessity to help lessen the chances for any damage to the system, but it also helps to keep you, your employees, and your business safer. Understanding the dangers of hurricanes for your commercial HVAC system Wind The high winds of a severe storm or hurricane can turn loose objects into projectiles - putting your HVAC unit in danger for damage. Dirt, leaves, and other debris may also accumulate around the condenser and impede the unit’s airflow. Another concern is if the winds are extreme enough, your rooftop HVAC units may become dislodged. Flooding Even if you’re in a building with multiple stories, your HVAC system may still be at risk for flood water. Windows, pipes, and even roof damage may leave your equipment at risk to the damages that water brings - especially with saltwater - valves, wiring, and controls can quickly become corroded. Lightning Lightning damage may cause power surges that have the possibility to damage your HVAC system’s electrical components. In addition, similar damage may even happen from brownout conditions during system overload situations during and after a storm.