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How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Dorian

A-tropical-storm-over-the-ocean-night-skyHurricane Dorian is projected to make landfall here in Florida as early as this Saturday. Don’t let your Labor Day Weekend fall apart because of this. You can prepare your family and your home for this potential hurricane with a few simple tips.

5 Simple Storm Preparation Tips

Here are a few easy ways that you can prep your home for Hurricane Dorian.

1. Turn It Off

There’s a heightened chance of electrical surges during a storm. These types of surges can severely damage your air conditioning system. You also run the risk of debris getting stuck in your outdoor unit and hindering the functionality of your system. You should always play it safe in the face of a storm. Make sure that you turn off the electricity powering your air conditioner to avoid any trouble.

2. Protect Your Air Conditioning System

One of the most important things that you can do for your home is to protect your home’s outdoor air conditioning unit. Turn off your air conditioner and cover it with a tarp or even a little spare plywood.  PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR AC UNIT IF YOU PLAN ON COVERING IT. This simple preparation can protect your air conditioning system from any potential flying debris. Additionally, make sure that you remove this covering as soon as possible after the storm. You don’t want to create an environment where mold and mildew thrive.

3. Cool It Down

There’s always a chance that you could lose power during a storm, so it’s best for you to cool your home off a little before the storm hits. This is the only time we’re going to suggest this, but now is the time where you want to set your thermostat to a temperature that’s a little cooler than normal. You can even go the extra mile by blocking out natural light that would heat up your home. Close your curtains or blinds and keep your doors and windows closed shut to keep your cool air inside.

4. Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best

It’s always the best to keep some supplies handy in case there is a long-term power outage here in Florida. If you don’t already have some supplies in storage, now is a great time to run out and get the following:

  • a supply of water (one gallon of water per person for three days at minimum)
  • some dry or canned food
  • a can opener
  • a flashlight
  • extra batteries
  • a first aid kit
  • garbage bags
  • a pair of pliers or a wrench
  • a whistle

This is everything you need for a basic emergency kit. Having all these supplies on hand can really make a difference.

5. Call Us for an Inspection

After the storm passes, the best thing you can do is call our team for a professional assessment of your home. We can inspect all your HVAC equipment, make sure that it’s working properly, and take the essential next steps if anything has gone awry. We’re the team you can count on. QUICK TIP! Check for tripped circuit breaker before calling for emergency service. 

Our team at Speedy Air Conditioning Service can help you when you’re in need. Contact our professionals today to schedule an appointment

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