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  • 3 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for a Storm

    August 3, 2018

    In the event a particularly nasty storm begins forming and is headed your way, the first instinct you may have is to assume your home will be perfectly alright and fortified enough to weather it without a problem. And while that might be true, all it takes is one unlucky lighting strike or wayward gust of strong wind to break a window or damage an expensive area of your home. The last thing you want is a seemingly harmless storm becoming a stressful exercise in hair-pulling.

    Don’t let this happen to you! By taking careful precautions and preparing your home for an impending storm, you can ensure it comes out on the other side of inclement weather without a scratch. The folks at Barker Heating & Cooling have compiled a handy list of six tips to help you prepare your home for a storm, which will help you prevent any potential damage from occurring.

    We’re always trying to make sure our Dublin neighbors are taken care of, so if you have any heating, cooling or IAQ questions or concerns, drop us a line! Our expert technicians will be able to help you out with those, and more.

    Get the Exterior Ready

    Some of the things that can pose the greatest risk to your home aren’t the flying pieces of debris that come hurtling in from across the street, but the ones that come from right there on your own property. When you hear of a storm closing in, walk around your home and check for anything that could get picked up or broken off, like stray objects in your yard. Also, take a trimmer to any tree branches or bushes that may be a tad too close for comfort. One lightning strike can snap those off and send them crashing through the roof or a window.

    • Another wise move would be to cover your exterior AC unit with something that would protect it as well. Even the slightest damage to it could wind up costing you a significant amount of money, and avoiding unnecessary repair costs is the name of the game here.

    Be Proactive with Boards

    One simple and cost-effective way to protect your home is by making a quick trip to the hardware store and loading up on plywood boards. By boarding up the vulnerable parts of your home – like windows and doors – you’ll add an extra layer of protection from anything that could get picked up by the wind.

    Gather Supplies, Pick a Plan

    While this last section doesn’t apply to the structural integrity of your home, it’s still vital in the event something compromises your situation.

    • Prepare a kit that has the essentials you’d need in case the power gets knocked out and electricity won’t be back for a while. Flashlights, a battery-powered radio, a first-aid kit, and simple, easy-to-prepare food are good things to pack.
    • Come up with an evacuation plan to implement should you need to get out of your home quickly. Let everyone in the family know how to get out of each room, where to go once they get outside, and what to do from there.

    Storms aren’t fun, and nobody wants to spend time gathering supplies for something you might not need to have worried about in the first place. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so take these steps and you’ll be ready in case the storm does pose a problem. It’s always better to have something and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

    For more home-care solutions, give Barker Heating and Cooling a call at 925-276-9601!