Residents of Levelland, Texas, experience summer storms annually. During this time, the weather can cycle between extreme heat, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and torrential downpours, which can wreak havoc on your HVAC system if you’re unprepared. Here are our top three tips to ensure your HVAC system survives summer storms.
Perform Preventive Maintenance
Perform a basic inspection of your HVAC system every year, including your outdoor unit. Make sure the immediate area is clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris that can block airflow. Secure any loose objects that could damage the exterior condenser if they were to blow into it. If you expect strong winds, turn off your air conditioner. Then, cover the condenser with a tarp and tie it down securely until the storm passes.
Extreme temperatures can make your HVAC system work harder than it has to, causing premature wear on replaceable parts. A layer of insulation around ductwork can help keep it at a more constant temperature, even if the weather outside is extremely hot. A well-insulated home protects against not only heat and humidity, but also water damage. Further, it acts as a barrier against dust, pollen, and other allergens that your HVAC system would otherwise circulate through the house. Thick curtains will improve your home’s insulation.
While you might be able to identify obvious tears or poor connections just by looking at your ductwork, you might want to have it professionally inspected before storm season. A poorly maintained HVAC system is at greater risk of being damaged during a summer squall. Getting your air ducts cleaned annually will help reduce foreign material buildup, prevent bad odors from developing, and minimize the risk of damage from storms, wind, and heavy rain.
Summer, with its high heat and increased storm risk, can be trying on your HVAC system. With simple preventive maintenance, you can enjoy peace of mind and avoid expensive repairs. Call JD’s Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning at (806) 853-6424, and we’ll make sure your HVAC system is summer-storm-ready.
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