Your air conditioner is engineered to withstand the elements, but dangerous storms can put outdoor components to the test. When a severe storm comes barreling through Buford and the surrounding communities, will your cooling system pass muster? Here’s how to make sure your AC system will keep you cool and comfortable when sunshine and blue skies return.

Clear the Perimeter

The outdoor unit in a split AC system houses mechanisms that need adequate air ventilation to operate. Its grid of metal fins allows the heat generated by the compressor and condenser to escape outside. You can help protect these critical components by establishing at least two feet of open space around the unit. Prune back any overhanging trees or bushes to provide five feet of clearance.

Landscape Wisely

From tree branches to lawn gnomes, flying debris poses the greatest threat to your air conditioner during dangerous storms. Plan your landscaping and plant your garden with weather extremes in mind. A strategically positioned hedge or fence can help protect your AC equipment from damaging winds. Keep objects like potted plants, patio furniture and gardening tools away from the outdoor unit.

Secure the Outdoor Unit

Every outdoor AC unit needs a strong foundation to support heavy equipment. Anchoring the unit to the concrete base provides extra protection during stormy weather. If you have the right tools, you can tackle this job yourself using right-angle brackets to secure the equipment. Otherwise, it’s best to leave this project to a qualified HVAC contractor with access to manufacturer anchor kits.

If a storm damages your AC system, trust Pruitt Heating & Air, Inc. to provide you with quality AC repair services. From new installations to preventive maintenance, we offer all the HVAC services you need to weather the storm. For more information, call us today at 770-450-6001.

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