Part of your maintenance routine for your HVAC system in your Florida home should include having your ductwork inspected. When you schedule your annual furnace check-up, ask to have a technician look at your ducts as well. The air ducts are a very important part of your system, since they are the route by which the heated or cooled air reaches your rooms (depending on the time of year). They also look after returning stale air to the central unit to be either heated or cooled.
If you live in Florida, you’ve probably seen, or experienced firsthand, the amount of damage that strong winds and heavy rains can cause, and you probably already have a routine that you break into whenever inclement weather is on the horizon.
But do you prepare your Air Conditioning System?
If it looks like a power outage is inevitable, turn off your Air Conditioning System! Turning off the A/C, before the power goes out, greatly reduces the risk of blowing circuits and burning out the compressor when the power returns, and it protects the system from devastating power surges.
Nearly 90% of all electrical system damage occurs when the A/C is left on during thunderstorms and hurricanes. You may have to tolerate a bit of heat and humidity when you turn off your A/C, but leaving it on could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. It is safe to say that, in this case, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…