San Diego is known for its relatively mild weather, but sometimes in the spring, heavy wind and rain and the occasional ocean storm can produce flooding and thunderstorms that put area homes at risk. Spring storm preparation can help ensure that your home is ready for whatever weather comes your way. While you may already be prepared with a stash of nonperishable food, first aid supplies and a safe place to meet, you probably have not given much thought to your HVAC system. Here are some tips for spring storm preparation specific to your home comfort systems.
Prepare to Secure Outdoor Equipment
Your outdoor units are the most vulnerable during a dangerous windstorm. Purchase tarps, plywood and hurricane-proof straps to cover those when you have a storm coming. Any outdoor equipment that can be moved indoors should be brought in. Make sure that you do not leave any loose items outdoor during a strong storm, as it can be picked up and blown into your home, causing serious damage and putting your home safety at risk.
Turn Off the HVAC System
Before the storm hits, cool your home as much as possible, even beyond your comfort point, then turn off your heating and cooling system. Any window units need to be unplugged and removed, with the openings sealed. If possible, shut off the breaker that goes to the unit, so any power surges do not cause serious damage.
Fill the Tub
Serious storms can lead to an interruption in clean water service. Plug your tub and fill it with clean water before the storm hits. This will ensure you have an adequate supply until your water service is functional again.
If you have further questions about spring storm preparation in San Diego, contact the team at Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air. With the help of a qualified HVAC contractor, you can be certain that your home and your HVAC system are prepared for whatever weather the spring season will bring.