Protecting Your AC System in a Hurricane

Preparing for the damages and consequences of a hurricane is already stressful, but with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the worries can seem endless. That’s why you should begin making a protection plan as early as possible so you, your loved ones, and your home are best prepared for any damage or unforeseen circumstances. One of the first places to begin is by taking the necessary steps to ensure you have a reliable air conditioning system before, during, and after a hurricane. 


Many of the things you can do to protect your AC system are simple and do not require extensive knowledge of HVAC units to do correctly. Here are some of the best steps you can take to guarantee your AC system is protected: 


The Water Line

Depending on your location, FEMA will refer to a base flood elevation (BFE). This is the anticipated waterline for your area in the event of a flood.  FEMA recommends keeping all electrical equipment, including your HVAC unit at least 1 foot above the BFE. You can build a brick foundation at this level to ensure the safety of your system. 

Secure with a Hurricane Strap

Bolting your AC unit down with metal straps will make sure that it won’t move during a storm. To protect it even further, cover it with a tarp or some plywood to make sure it isn’t damaged from any debris in the midst of a storm.

Learn How to Turn Off Your Gas/Electricity

In the event of a violent storm, you and your family should know where your circuit breaker is and how to turn off your electricity of larger appliances. This will prevent possible fires, electrical surges, or debris damage. You can also invest in low-cost surge protectors to protect your electrical system from lightning and other electrical surges.

Lower the Temperature

Learn how to lower the temperature of your AC so you can decrease the temperature during a storm. This will prepare your house to be properly air-conditioned and cool in case your AC goes out in the middle of the storm. Prolong the cold air by keeping all windows and doors closed and covered with curtains or blinds. 


For extra peace of mind, you can always buy extra insurance to protect any possible damage to your AC unit that isn’t covered by your basic home insurance. 


If you are looking for professional repair or preparation for your HVAC or AC Unit, Air Rescue Air Conditioning is here to help. Located in the Tampa Bay area, Air Rescue has been providing reliable, high-quality, and affordable service for over 70 years. For more information, visit our website or call us at 813-358-3431.