Built to withstand strong winds and torrential rain, HVAC systems can survive most weather conditions in New Orleans, Louisiana. Even with the proper precautions, however, a direct hit from a hurricane can damage the equipment. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize problems. Here’s what you need to know about the impact a hurricane may have on your heating and cooling systems.
Schedule a Tune-Up
A well-maintained HVAC system has a far better chance at making it through a hurricane than a neglected one. A pre-season checkup allows a qualified technician to identify potential problems and resolve them on the spot. Enrolling in a maintenance plan is the most cost-effective way to ensure your HVAC systems work well before and after a hurricane.
Secure Your Comfort
It’s the outdoor unit of your HVAC system that needs the most protection during a hurricane. Before the storm arrives, take a look around the area and remove anything that can slam into the equipment. Prune back trees and bushes, rake up leaves and remove objects like patio equipment.
Making sure the unit doesn’t move off its base is also important. Most outdoor units have hurricane anchors that secure the equipment to a concrete slab. If your unit doesn’t have them, call Caribbean Breeze Heating & Cooling. We’ll do everything we can to ensure your unit stays in place.
After A Storm or Hurricane
Hot and humid weather often follows after a hurricane, tempting you to turn on your air conditioner at the first opportunity. If you’ve experienced a power outage, have the equipment examined before you flip the switch. Outages can compromise electrical terminals and connections. A professional HVAC technician can repair any damage and set you on the road to cooling comfort.
For more information about hurricanes and your HVAC systems, call Caribbean Breeze Heating & Cooling. Since 2008, we’ve provided quality HVAC services throughout the Northshore and Southshore areas of New Orleans.