Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that at least two major hurricanes hit the United States each year. Hurricanes can be quite devastating and even the smaller ones could inflict a lot of damage. That’s why it is important to keep your home and property safe throughout hurricane season by adding layers of protection. This includes your heat pump especially the outside unit since it is vulnerable if no precautions are made.
Heat pumps can range anywhere from $1,000 up to $30,000 including installation depending on the type of unit you are getting. With that said, installing a heat pump costs a lot of money. Now, think about your investment going down the drain if you didn’t have time to prepare for hurricane season. Repair costs will deal a huge blow to your finances. This is the reason why you should pull out all the stops to protect your heat pump North Myrtle Beach, SC from the effects of a hurricane.
Tips on protecting your heat pump from damage during hurricane season:
Keep your HVAC unit above floodwater levels
Floodwater is expected during hurricane season. The real question is how high the floodwater can get. Your outdoor unit will be most vulnerable to floodwater. This is the reason why it should be raised by a foot above the ground. If you live in low-lying areas, you should raise it even higher. A licensed building contractor must build the platform along with your HVAC contractor. There will be some alterations to the wiring and copper tubing which is why you need to have an HVAC contractor for the installation.
Protect your unit from flying debris
Wind speeds can get really fast during hurricane season and you should be ready for it. To protect your outdoor unit from flying debris, you can cover it up with plywood securely attached to the unit. Even a Category 2 hurricane can reach wind speeds of up to 96–110 mph which can do a lot of damage. Any tree limbs, roofing materials, or any items that get swept up by the wind could hit your home or your heating and cooling system and deal massive damage. That’s why external protection is important.
Install surge protection
Another thing that comes with comes with hurricanes is lightning. If you don’t have whole-house surge protection just yet, now is the time to have one installed. Lightning strikes can instantaneously fry any electronics that it comes into contact with. That’s the reason why you should never take the chance of not having surge protection especially if you line in an area frequented by hurricanes.
After the stormy season is over, it’s the perfect time to call NMB HVAC Pros and have your system checked. Proper preventive maintenance is the key factor to keep your system alive and running well after hurricane season.
Gear up for hurricane season by protecting your HVAC system. Call NMB HVAC Pros today! You may reach us at (843) 353-4089.
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North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582