Protecting your HVAC system from the harsh New Hampshire weather can improve energy efficiency and your overall comfort.

How To Protect Your HVAC System In Severe Weather

Posted: December 12, 2023 at 10:10 pm
By: Lakes Region HVAC

As December arrives, ushering in the winter season, some anticipate the cozy ambiance, while others brace for the challenges it brings. In New Hampshire, we look forward to enchanting snowflakes and the peacefulness the season can provide. With this, however, brings the heightened risk of severe weather and snowstorms. Whether you are eagerly awaiting hot chocolate or delaying unpacking your snow gear, winter demands preparation. Ensuring your home remains warm and comfortable becomes paramount, and safeguarding your HVAC equipment is integral to this process.

The likelihood of HVAC breakdowns and malfunctions increases during severe weather, so we will detail some steps to take to prevent them in this blog. You can use these tips to prepare for winter snowstorms, but they're also valuable when preparing for hurricanes as well.

Scheduling regular maintenance helps identify potential issues before a severe storm hit.

Professional Maintenance

Schedule a comprehensive inspection by a professional technician before severe weather strikes. They can identify and address potential issues, fortifying your system against impending weather changes. When your HVAC technician is there, ask for tailored solutions and advice for the specific type of severe weather typically experienced in your area. They can recommend specialized equipment or modifications to strengthen your system against the prevalent weather challenges in your region.

Cleaning and Landscaping

Keep the area around your HVAC unit clear of debris, leaves, snow, or any obstructions that could impede airflow or cause damage to the unit during storms. Trim the branches of trees and clip your bushes to prevent them from encroaching on the condenser when windy conditions arise. If you have any planters, furniture, toys, or other items in your yard, move them to a safe location where there isn't a risk of them damaging any part of your home, including your HVAC unit.

Protecting your outdoor HVAC units can extend your system’s lifespan.

Add Layers of Protection

Consider a fenced in area and additional covering for your unit. Weatherproof covers designed for HVAC systems shield against harsh elements like rain, hail, or snow. Consult a certified HVAC technician before installing to ensure proper application.

Prevent Electrical Issues

Install surge protectors to shield your system from electrical damage during storms or voltage fluctuations. But first, consult an electrician for advice on appropriate surge protectors for your needs.

Safeguarding for Comfort

Protecting your system during severe weather ensures its longevity and sustains comfort in extreme conditions. Implement these measures and seek professional guidance for a consistently comfortable home.

Additional Tips for Weather Preparedness

  • Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing and potential burst pipes during extreme cold snaps.
  • Check and replace weather stripping around doors and windows to prevent drafts and maintain indoor warmth and comfort.
  • Invest in a generator to ensure continued HVAC functionality during power outages caused by storms.

By taking precautionary steps, you can be prepared for whatever the season has in store and be able to enjoy the New Hampshire winter in comfort.

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