There is nothing quite like the comforts of home, and at Rudd Heating and Air, we could not agree more with this statement. There are many ways the weather can affect our lives, and with no way to control what's going on outside, there are measures to take that will help you and the ones you love make the best of a bad situation. Hurricane season in South Carolina can be a stressful time, but with the right plan in place you can decrease this worry, and we are here to help.
Heating and air conditioning units outdoors are at high risk of damage during bad weather this time of year, so you’ll want to have precautions in mind before the threat of a storm.
To prevent flood damage, your unit should be off the ground or on a platform, usually built on a concrete slab or reinforced cinder blocks. If this is not the case, you will want to buy a fitted cover, or a tarp to secure around your unit, then surround it with sandbags or quick-dams to make sure the water can not reach the unit. Covers and tarps will also help protect against flying debris from directly hitting the unit, and possibly crashing through to the wires and mechanics inside. If you choose to cover your unit for these situations, it is very important that the power is turned off before and during the time it's covered.
Even with these precautions, there is no guarantee the units will survive unscathed, so it's safer if all power to your units are turned off to reduce risk of starting a fire and damaging your home.
Not everyone has the knowhow or the capabilities to do these things, so we are here to help. Our team here at Rudd Heating & Air have special kits for these situations, please be sure to contact us if you are looking for advice or assistance!