Now that we have entered the peak of hurricane season, Polar Bear Air Conditioning is working hard to make sure our neighbors are prepared for what’s to come. We’re publishing these best practices and tips to help you and your family stay safe and complete your hurricane season preparation.
If you’d like to go the extra mile, we’re offering a Hurricane Season Special where one of our friendly, expert technicians will come down to inspect and secure your AC in Cayman. Peace of mind is priceless, but we’re happy to be offering it for the low price of $169 this hurricane season.
In the meantime, follow these tips to prepare your air conditioner for hurricanes.
Unplug Your AC Unit
Preparing air conditioners for hurricanes starts with unplugging your AC unit once the storm is about to roll in. Lightning strikes and the power surges that often follow a hurricane-induced power outage break countless AC units every year. By unplugging your AC unit as part of your hurricane season preparation, you protect it against a circuit-frying power surge and make sure it can live to keep you cool another day.
Alternatively, you can install a surge protector — this will allow you to keep your unit plugged in without worrying about damages occurring from a power surge. Our AC technicians can give you tips and tricks on finding the best surge protector for your AC system.
Use Your Air Conditioning Unit Before the Storm Hits
Before you unplug your AC unit, get as much use out of it as you can. While your comfort might not be the element of hurricane season preparation that comes to mind first, it’s quite important. When a hurricane comes through, it traps hot air and humidity near the ground and produces unbearable weather conditions. Make things a little easier on yourself by getting your home as cool as possible before the storm rolls in.
Secure Your Air Conditioning Systems
High winds are sometimes enough to send outdoor objects flying. Prepare your air conditioner for a hurricane with special straps that can secure it to the ground. Heavy-duty hurricane straps are strong enough to keep your AC unit in place during extreme weather, avoiding expensive and potentially dangerous instances of falling appliances.
Protect Your AC Unit from Flying Debris
Once you’ve secured your air conditioner, your next step in hurricane season preparation is protecting it from flying debris. Tarp or plywood covers can go a long way in protecting an AC unit, both by cushioning impacts and preventing small objects from getting inside the appliance.
Clear Your Yard and Patio
Patio furniture is light enough that hurricane winds will easily lift them up and toss them around. These items are sufficiently large and can threaten your AC unit, windows, and the exterior of your home in general. When a hurricane is on its way, you need to remove outdoor objects like chairs and potted plants until the storm passes.
Hire an HVAC Technician After the Storm Passes
If you take all of these steps towards hurricane preparation, you give your air conditioning system a great chance of making it through a storm. However, you should be cautious by hiring an HVAC professional to inspect it and make sure that everything is in working order.
When you need help protecting your HVAC system from a storm, Polar Bear Air Conditioning is the repair company you can trust. We have a great deal of experience in the area and often spot storm risks that others don’t. If you suspect that a storm has damaged your AC, reach out to us for air conditioning repair in Grand Cayman and the surrounding areas. With our hurricane season special, you can prepare your air conditioner for hurricanes and feel secure for just $169.