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Summer Thunderstorms: Is your HVAC prepared?

Severe summer thunderstorms bring high winds, flashing lightning and torrential downpours that can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Take the following steps to protect your HVAC system, your safety, and your comfort.

1.Elevate your unit.
Having your outdoor air conditioning unit installed on a higher level will prevent water damage caused by flooding. Ask your AC technician for more information about raising your HVAC unit above flood level.

2.Cover your unit.
Placing a protective canvas cover over your outdoor unit can negate damage caused by hail and other debris. While outdoor systems are built to withstand the elements, shielding your unit can help minimize your chances of storm damage.

3.Clean up your yard.
Keeping your yard trimmed and tidy will prevent dirt and debris from entering your HVAC unit during a storm and causing damage. Also, remove any dead branches and keep shrubs and plants at least three feet away.

4.Eliminate flying objects.
In addition to maintaining a tidy yard, bring in any outdoor objects, such as patio furniture or lawn ornaments, that could become airborne and hit your HVAC unit.

5.Install a Sump Pump in Your Basement.
If your HVAC system is located in your basement, consider having sump pump installed to prevent flood damage. When rainwater gets in your basement, a sump pump automatically activates and starts pumping to prevent rising water.

6.Turn off your AC.
During severe summer storms, turn off your air conditioning at the thermostat. In the event that there’s a power outage, electrical power surges could “fry” your unit — so keep it turned off until power is restored.

Have storm damage to your HVAC system? Call ARS®/Rescue Rooter® today at 1-800-277-9400.
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