Spring storms can barrel into town with little warning or time to prepare. When a storm hits, you have enough to worry about without thinking about your heating and cooling systems. Rain, lightening, and wind can cause severe damage to your home, but there are tricks-of-the-trade that will keep you safe and sound.
Lightening damage happens more often than we think--State Farm reported more than $825 million in lightening claims in 2016. Lightening can cause a voltage surge, which can damage your electrical system. To avoid any damage to your heating and cooling systems, it is best to turn them off during a storm.
Midwest winds can become quite aggressive, especially when partnered with a tornado warning. Cut and remove any tree limbs or loose brush from your yard. This will prevent them from become airborne and damaging your home or outdoor unit.
It is common, especially in older homes, to experience flooding in the basement during a storm. For safety reasons, your heating and cooling systems must stay dry. Create a barrier around your systems to keep water away during a storm.