As Floridians, Fresh Air and Heat know that living in the sunshine state has its benefits and faults. One of the most significant faults we can agree on is Hurricane Season. A few months out of the year, we watch the weather channel closely and keep any storm alerts on our radar. Sometimes the storms are nothing more than a quick sunshower, and sometimes they turn out to be catastrophic. With Hurricane Season approaching soon in June, a functioning A/C, as well as a prepped home, is going to be imperative for avoiding post-storm problems. We provided a list of a few significant preparations that should be made before June hits:
- Emergency power sources
- Trimming down trees
- Windows and doors inspection
- Food and water supply
- Emergency safety kit
Trimming Down Trees
There have been too many horror stories of tree branches falling onto roofs, damaging cars, and going through windows. Damaged property means time and money. The amount of time it will take a specialist to get the job done will be far less if we take a few extra minutes to trim branches.
On the other side, loose shrubs and debris can cause a mess after the storm. Cleaning up loose pieces before will create less work for you, the homeowner.
Windows and Doors Inspection
Many homeowners either have shutters or hurricane windows to protect their homes from damage in Florida. Regardless of your window situation, it is essential to inspect everything is still intact. Look for any damage, openings, leaks, worn-out pieces, etc. These are problems we want to fix before the storm season arrives. It will be a lot more challenging to get it done afterward.
If you have noticed, homeowners will purchase sandbags to put in front of any doors as a temporary fix to keeping water out. The effects of having cracks or old doors can lead to a flooded home. We want to avoid this outcome.
Food and Water Supply
Having enough food and water is probably an essential prep before a hurricane. With power outages, grabbing non-perishable items will work best, especially since the amount of time you will be stuck inside is unknown. We put a list together of the best food items to grab on your next grocery visit:
- One gallon of drinking water per day per person
- Dry cereal
- Canned goods
- Peanut Butter
- Bananas, apples, and oranges
- Granola bars
Emergency Safety Kit
Safety is another important aspect we need to consider. It is great to have a tool kit for anything that may break during the storm. A first-aid kit is good to fix any injuries that may occur. Remember, you cannot leave the house, so having these kits will come in handy. Your kits should also include flashlights, batteries, and medicine.
Emergency Power Sources
Before a storm rolls in, it is a great idea to cool the house down before the power is cut. Lower the thermostat a few degrees cooler than usual, and close blinds and windows for added security.
Once the storm does hit, cut the power. Having the A/C unit turned off will prevent the storm from frying the unit. Once a unit is destroyed, it will be a considerable expense to replace the unit, and that is what we want to avoid. The thought of no A/C on can be frightening, but this ensures the safety and fewer repairs. This is a time to utilize fans throughout the home to help circulate the air.
As an extra precaution, having a power surge protector will give your A/C unit that extra protection. We recommend having an HVAC professional come out to the home to ensure everything is functioning correctly. For Brevard County, Florida residents, call Fresh Air and Heat to schedule a maintenance check before storm season. Reach us at 321-474-6314.
Hopefully, this page has taught you the importance of Hurricane Season preparation and how crucial keeping your A/C in working condition. You can contact Fresh Air and Heat at 321-474-6314 to schedule an inspection or repair of your unit.
You can also schedule online at our home page or send an email to email@example.com.