Preparing Your AC for Hurricane Season – Pt. 1

As hurricane season approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how you will prepare your home for a hurricane or tropical storm. One of the things that you should do before the storm hits is to ensure that your AC will make it through the storm. You don’t want to be left without air conditioning in Florida, so take these steps to keep your unit safe:

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Cool Your Home before the Storm
When a hurricane or tropical storm hits Tampa, there’s a chance you could lose power. For some, that’s more frightening than the storm itself with our sweltering Florida heat. Close your windows and blinds, keep your door shut, and set your thermostat to a few degrees colder than usual. This will help keep you and your family comfortable for a bit longer.

Turn Off the Electricity
Electrical problems during a hurricane can be hazardous, so you should either turn off your electricity or simply unplug your AC unit. Electrical surges during the storm can do significant damage to your air conditioner if you leave it running.

Cover Your AC
Hurricanes fling debris all over the place, so you want to make sure your AC is protected. Cover your AC with plywood and a tarp to prevent damage to your outdoor unit during the storm.

These are just three tips for preparing your air conditioner for a hurricane or tropical storm. Stay tuned for our next post, where we will outline four more tips for you. In the meantime, when you need air conditioning service in Tampa, rely on our team at Sun Air Tampa and reach out at (813) 295-2214.