Hurricane season is coming soon, and it’s time to Spring into action to prepare your South Florida home. In fact, the National Hurricane Center even considered moving up the 2021 start of the season to mid-May, though the official date remains June 1. So, get ready to batten down the hatches! Lindstrom Air Conditioning and Plumbing is here with a few helpful prep tips.
Secure your windows
You can keep your home more secure from heavy winds with window protection from storm shutters. Nondecorative and functional storm shutters will protect your home from debris entering through the windows, and you could also invest in impact-resistant hurricane glass for extra protection.
Protect your roof
You can also better protect your home with extra measures on your roof, such as roof clips or straps to prevent it from blowing away during a heavy storm. Keeping your roof in top shape by repairing missing or damaged shingles before the season starts can help protect your home as well. If the worst happens and your roof is damaged, you’ll likely need a tarp to protect your belongings inside, too.
Schedule a Spring A/C tune-up
Preparing for hurricane season also extends to your equipment inside. When you schedule a Spring maintenance appointment with the A/C experts at Lindstrom, we’ll perform a 19-step precision tune-up to ensure that your HVAC system is in fully functional shape before a depression even develops. Keeping your family comfortable at home can be one step toward reducing the anxiety that may accompany Florida’s hurricane season.
Consider a backup generator
If your power does go out due to a storm or hurricane, you may benefit from the investment in a backup generator. Depending on the size of your generator, you may be able to run essential home equipment, such as your refrigerator, freezer, or HVAC system, if needed. If you do use a generator, make sure to use it properly to keep your family safe.
Bring in loose outdoor items
Hurricanes and tropical storms bring heavy winds, so don’t forget to bring any loose outdoor furniture or decorations into your home or garage. Loose items left outside could strike your home or an outdoor air conditioning unit, causing significant damage. If possible, you should also bring in or secure heavy objects like cars, motorcycles, and boats.
Keep trees trimmed
Heavy winds can impact the trees or shrubs on your property, so have them trimmed for dead or damaged branches ahead of time. Pay special attention to tree branches that hang over your roof or porch as well. Remove any loose debris left after tree-trimming if the company doesn’t clean up your property well.
If you have any questions about preparing your home or HVAC system during hurricane season, call the Lindstrom experts at (800) 813-1824. We’re always ready to help our fellow Floridians prepare for heavy storms.