Three Steps to Protect Your Air Conditioner During Hurricane Season

Hurricane Matthew Above Florida

Florida weather has many perks—and then there is hurricane season. It is completely unpredictable and can be a nightmare for you and your family. Protecting your family and your home is important and can be quite stressful. To help reduce some of that stress, here are three steps to protect your air conditioner during hurricane season.

1. Use Hurricane Straps

This precaution should prevent your air conditioning unit from being picked up and carried away by the high winds of a hurricane. These straps can withstand wind gusts of up to 150mph on average. If your unit was recently installed, these straps are likely already in place. Most Florida building codes have required them for the past several years. If your unit is older, we recommend bolting your unit down before hurricane season gets underway.

2. Connect Your AC Unit to a Surge Protector

During a hurricane, power surges are common. The best way to protect your AC unit and keep your family comfortable is to connect your unit to a surge protector. This will protect your air conditioner’s wiring and components from damage. If you’re not sure what type of surge protector is best, we are here to help. Contact the Air Hawk team and we will answer any questions you may have.

3. Turn Off and Cover Your Unit

As the hurricane storms get more severe, the best solution is to turn off your unit and cover it. Covering your AC outdoor unit will protect it from any dirt and debris throw about by the storm. If you haven’t already, we recommend investing in a weatherproof tarp for the best full coverage protection for your air conditioning unit.

As we get ready to head into another hurricane season, ensure that your air conditioner is ready to weather the storm by following these simply steps. As always, if you have any questions, contact us and we will help you take a proactive approach to this year’s hurricane season.

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