Image

McCutcheon Air Conditioning and Heating Blog

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.keepingsarasotacool.com/

2 minutes reading time (447 words)

Preparing your Air Conditioning System for 2020 Hurricanes

hurricane

Living in Florida, you probably already have a well-worn routine you break into whenever inclement weather is on the horizon, but is preparing your Air Conditioning System a part of that routine?

According to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, is expected to be an “above normal” season with 13 to 19 named storms, 6 to 10 of which will likely become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 “major” hurricanes.

These tips will keep you comfortable and your AC protected in the event of a hurricane:

Secure the Unit

Make sure your outdoor unit is properly secured to the concrete. Check the metal bolts and straps that hold your system in place for signs of rust or deterioration which could make the unit vulnerable to high winds.

Clear and Cover

Prior to the storm, bring in any outdoor tables, chairs or other items that could become airborne and cause damage to the AC System. You can even cover the outside unit with a tarp in order to keep it free from flying leaves, dirt and other debris, but make sure to remove the covering before you turn the unit back on!

Cool Down Your House

Before the threat of the storm is imminent, try cooling your house as much as possible so you are comfortable for a while after you turn off your AC System.

Turn Off the Power

Nearly 90% of all electrical system damage occurs when the AC is left on during a thunderstorm or hurricane. You may have to tolerate a bit of heat and humidity when you turn off your AC but leaving it on could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.

Wait 20 Minutes

Keep the AC off until the storm passes and don't be in a rush to turn it back on. In the event of flooding, don’t restore power to the equipment until it is completely dry and you are certain that it is safe to do so.

Even if the unit looks unharmed, wait a minimum of 20 minutes after the power is restored to turn the AC System back on. Unstable or “dirty” power is common in the minutes after the power returns.

Stay safe and don’t forget to include your AC System in your Hurricane Preparedness Plan. 

 

 

Helpful Links 

NOAA:

National Hurricane center

Mike's Weather Page:

Spaghetti Models

FloridaDisaster.org:

Hurricanes

Plan and Prepare

Hurricane Preparedness:

Sarasota

Sarasota Disaster kit advice

Manatee

Manatee Disaster kit advice

Know your Evacuation Level:    

Sarasota

Manatee

Florida

Evacuation Centers:      

Sarasota

Manatee

Pet Shelter info:

My Suncoast 

CDC Shelter info:

Information for Disaster Evacuation Centers

We’re here for everybody

Related Posts

06 June 2020
AC Blog
Living in Florida, you probably already have a well-worn routine you break into whenever inclement weather is on the horizon, but is preparing your Air Conditioning System a part of that routine?According to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction...
15 May 2020
AC Blog
https://youtu.be/ZH_1qHyxT4MMaverick: Maverick with Sean McCutcheon from Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating.Sean: It’s starting to warm up outside and we know that things are tight on everybody and we’re all in a little bit of a financial...
15 May 2020
AC Blog
https://youtu.be/NXMFbDCwnuAMaverick: Maverick with Sean McCutcheon from Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, a proud member of this community.Sean: 17 years we’ve taken care of this community and we’re going to continue to take care of th...
15 May 2020
AC Blog
https://youtu.be/pfJR8v0d9F8Maverick: Maverick with my buddy Sean McCutcheon from Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating. We are buddies, we’ve known each other for years, we’ve vacationed together and I haven’t seen him in months and we’re n...
15 May 2020
AC Blog
https://youtu.be/UdzTIXeU_BkMaverick: Maverick talking to my friend, on the phone, social distancing, Sean McCutcheon from Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating. Speaking of that, Sean, we’re all worried about germs. obviously, and I’m seein...
18 April 2018
AC Blog
Scammers will often target neighborhoods with high concentrations of senior citizens then go door to door claiming to have spotted something in need of immediate repair like a hole in the roof, but th...
10 July 2019
AC Blog
 Feel The Love, originally launched as Heat U.P. in 2009, connects Lennox dealers, like Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, with deserving individuals and families in their own commun...

Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.
5696 Pinkney Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 921-7208

Contractor License # CAC1813799

Site Map

Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning Logo - Blue and White

© 2020 Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. All rights reserved. Web Design and Hosting: Concept Digital Media, Inc.