We know that Spring weather means storms…storms that are often accompanied with high winds! Even though the weather can be unpredictable and it can change quickly in the Spring, we can be more prepared and safeguard our home by considering these 4 steps.
1. Check your gutters and clean out the built-up debris.
When the warmer weather hits, it’s tempting for us to spend more time outside. While you spend more time outside, consider checking your gutters to see if the winter debris has built up over the cold winter months. In all likelihood, it will be best for you or a professional to clean out your dirty gutter: after all, they are most likely full of leaves, acorns and other winter debris.
With all the other “Spring cleaning” we do, this is one not to forget—even though water-back up can do major damage to our home. Be sure not to ignore the state of your gutters, especially before any heavy rain, or storm!
2. Check your HVAC unit before severe storms hit.
Just like with other preventative measures, the weather in Spring may be unpredictable, but if we take a few proactive steps now, we can save ourselves a lot of issues if bad weather does hit. If the weather report says that a severe storm (or high winds and/or hail in particular) is on its way, and the AC is running, aim to continue to cool your home as much as possible. That’s because if the storm is bad enough, you may not be able to utilize the AC when the storm is passing through.
In less severe weather conditions, there are some other steps you will still want to take. If you have window units and the storm is severe enough, it may call for unplugging them during the storm, depending on the make and model. Of course you want to be sure any and all windows are securely closed, and that blinds and shades are completely drawn before any storm comes through.
Ensure that nothing such as patio furniture or lawn/gardening equipment is too close or near your HVAC unit. If winds get strong enough, chairs, lawn/patio furniture or fixtures, or any other kinds of objects can end up hitting your HVAC. You wouldn’t want any object to hit and damage your unit if you can prevent it from happening! In some cases, you may want to invest in a tarp or protective cover for your outside unit. Ask us for more information when we come to your home for your Spring tune-up.
3. Have basic supplies on hand.
If a power outage were to occur, would you have a basic amount of emergency supplies for you and your family?
It’s never a bad idea to have drinking water, a (transistor or battery-operated) radio of some kind, a first-aid kit, blankets and/or towels, flashlights, or even spare batteries on hand if any major storm hits.
Depending on just how bad the storm is anticipated to be, there may be even more emergency supplies you would want to have on hand—that’s just a list at minimum. Sometimes we have enough warning where we can also be sure that our cell phones are fully charged. Charging our cell phones as much as possible, and then preserving the battery if the electricity goes out is a safety measure that can be in the best interest of your family.
4. Be sure to check your HVAC after any severe storm with high winds and/or hail.
While the first 3 tips are meant to be done before a storm hits, if severe weather hits, you’ll want to take a look at the outside of your home—like your roof—and even inspect your HVAC unit.
Once it is safe to go outside, you want to be sure that your unit is still free of leaves, twigs, pollen, grass, or any other debris that the storm has moved close to the unit. Then, aim to look around your entire home and lawn to be sure no damage has occurred anywhere, not just to your HVAC, but to the rest of the home.
If you experienced extremely high winds or hail, take a close look at the unit itself making sure nothing has damaged it. If you have any concerns while looking over your unit (or hear any unusual sounds you have never heard before coming from the unit), be sure to give us a call.
When the bad weather is long gone, you can move your patio furniture back and adjust the blinds/windows within your home to your liking. These 4 tips may take a bit of time to implement, but in the end, a little bit of maintenance will save you money, help you avoid ugly repairs, and keep your family safe and comfortable.
Call the Experts at Greater Comfort
Greater Comfort is your local heating and air conditioning company based in Newport, Kentucky. Our furnace and air conditioning experts proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and Southeastern Indiana.
Our highly trained technicians bring our special brand of expertise and customer service to every job we perform. Give us a call today for your spring tune-up/maintenance or AC install needs at 859-491-4915.