Summer in Upstate New York is a mixed bag of extreme heat and unexpected rain showers, and we’re having one of our wettest summers yet this year. While these rain showers can offer a refreshing break from the heat, they can also pose a challenge to your HVAC system. Your HVAC system is designed to keep your home comfortable year-round, but it's important to give it a little extra attention during the stormy summer months. In this article, we'll explore some simple yet effective ways to protect your HVAC system from the impact of summer storms.
Clear and Maintain Your Outdoor Unit
Your outdoor HVAC unit is exposed to the elements, making it vulnerable to debris carried by the wind during storms. Before the storm season hits, take some time to clear away leaves, branches, and other debris that may have accumulated around the unit. Ensure that there's a clear space of at least two feet around the unit to allow proper airflow. This prevents debris from entering the system and obstructing the components.
Invest in a Quality Cover
Consider purchasing a weatherproof cover designed for your specific HVAC unit. These covers are made to shield your unit from rain, debris, and even hail. However, it's important to note that these covers should only be used when the unit is not in operation, as covering a running unit can cause overheating.
Elevate the Unit
In areas prone to flooding or heavy rain, consider elevating your outdoor unit on a platform. This simple step can prevent water from pooling around the unit, which could lead to damage over time. Additionally, elevating the unit can protect it from debris and dirt that might be carried by strong winds.
Secure Loose Components
Strong winds can cause branches or other objects to collide with your outdoor unit, potentially damaging or dislodging important components. Take a moment to inspect your unit's panels and fan guards. Ensure they are securely fastened and, if necessary, tighten any loose screws. This can go a long way in preventing unnecessary damage during a storm.
Install a Surge Protector
Lightning strikes and power surges are common during summer storms. Installing a surge protector for your HVAC system can safeguard it from voltage spikes that could otherwise cause irreparable damage to the electrical components. A surge protector is a cost-effective investment that can save you from costly repairs down the line.
Turn Off the System During Lightning
If you know a storm is approaching and lightning is likely, consider turning off your HVAC system during the storm. Lightning strikes can send electrical surges through power lines, which could affect your HVAC system. It's a simple precaution that can prevent potential damage.
Summer storms can be unpredictable, but by taking a few proactive measures, you can protect your HVAC system from their impact. Clearing debris, investing in a cover, elevating the unit, securing loose components, installing a surge protector, and turning off the system during lightning are all steps that can help safeguard your HVAC system's performance and longevity. Remember, a little maintenance today can save you from costly repairs tomorrow.
If you encounter any issues with your HVAC system this summer – storm-related or not – our team at Cerrone is here to help. We specialize in providing expert services tailored to New York's unique climate challenges.
From routine maintenance to emergency repairs, our experienced technicians are dedicated to ensuring your home remains comfortable, rain or shine. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for any HVAC concerns you might have this summer. Stay cool, stay dry, and stay comfortable with Cerrone!