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Storms and even hurricanes are a fact of life in Texas, and making sure your HVAC system survives can save you repair money. Here are five things you can do to make sure your HVAC weathers the storms.

One, get your unit inspected. Regular maintenance is the key to longevity for any HVAC unit, and having an annual inspection could catch an issue that would put your HVAC unit at higher risk for damage. Make sure you keep up with this via a licensed technician.

Second, make sure you are prepared to lose power. If a power outage is likely, you’ll want your home cooled or heated more than you usually might. That way, if you do lose power, your home’s temperature can be maintained for longer, and your HVAC won’t have to work as hard when you get it back up and running.

Third, make sure your system is plugged in via a surge protector. Electrical surges can be very damaging, and you want to make sure your system is protected. They are inexpensive, and smart investments for a system as vital as your HVAC.

Fourth, make sure your outdoor equipment is covered and protected. Storms and hurricanes are dangerous with high winds. Do your best to cover and protect your unit, whether that means erecting a hard cover, or tarping and strapping it down.

Finally, make sure to turn your HVAC off when you know a storm or hurricane is imminent. Whether it’s flooding, lightning, or a power outage, your unit is best protected from incurring damage by being off when these things occur.

If you have any other questions, the experts at Prestige Heating & Air Conditioning are happy to answer them.