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Living in Florida, we are no strangers to the potential impact of severe weather. During hurricane season, we wanted to reach out to remind you of the importance of preparing your air conditioning system to ensure its continued operation and costly repairs during a severe storm or hurricane. Taking precautions is essential for the well-being of your AC unit.

To help you get ready and keep your air conditioning system in optimal condition, we have compiled a short list of helpful tips:

  • Trim Trees/Branches Near Unit – Trim any branches or trees that could potentially damage your AC unit during high winds. Flying debris during a storm can cause significant harm to your system.

  • Elevate Your Outdoor Unit – If the location of your outdoor AC is known to flood, then elevating it is the best precaution. Use a platform or sturdy stand (something that won’t ruin or fall apart over time because of water). By elevating your unit, you’re preventing more damage to the system.

  • Clear the Area Around Your Unit – Remove any loose items, patio furniture, or debris that could become projectiles during a storm. Secure or store these items indoors to prevent damage to your AC unit.

  • Outdoor Unit – Before a storm secure your outdoor AC unit. Hurricane straps or other heavy-duty restraints are the best solution. High winds can cause your unit to be blown away so strapping it down securely to the ground will help it stay in place.

Additional Tips!

  • Post Storm Maintenance – After the storm has passed, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional inspection and maintenance service for your AC system. This helps identify any potential damage or issues caused by the storm and ensures your system is in proper working order.

Remember to prioritize your safety during severe weather conditions. If instructed to evacuate, follow the guidelines provided by local authorities.

There are additional ways to prepare for hurricane season, such as knowing your evacuation zone. There are four zones in your area; find your zone by going to the City’s website. Some other simple steps to do for readiness are:

  • Have a Plan – If you do have to evacuate, get your evacuation ready by knowing where you’re going when you leave, the best route to get you and your family there, and a way to communicate with friends and family.

  • Supplies for at Least Three Days – Food, water, batteries, clothes, toiletries, and a radio.

  • Larger Supply List – A disaster supply kit is great to have made up ahead of time. The kit should include (add anything else you feel you’ll need like pet food if you’ve got fur-family) food, water, first-aid kit, batteries, flashlights, radios, battery packs, medications, toiletries, clothing, and blankets.

If you’re able, check on your elderly or disabled neighbors. If you do, watch for downed electrical lines and debris. Stay safe during the storm and when you’re ready, we can help you with your AC before and after the storm! Count on us here at Cool Rays.

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