How to Prepare For Hurricane Season

September 22, 2021

Are you prepared for the next hurricane?  Is your home as secure as it could be?

The hurricane season begins around the beginning of June and lasts 5 months, with storms typically peaking in between September and October. While you can’t control when or where a hurricane will hit, the best way is to be prepared to minimize potential damage. Hurricane preparedness involves a checklist of many items such as having enough food and medical kits, taking care of your home, and a solid evacuation plan.

Here are 5 ways to keep your home’s electrical appliances safe during hurricane season:

  1. Pre-cool Your Home – It’s more than likely that you will need to turn off your air conditioning unit to protect it from damage. Worse, you may even experience a prolonged power outage. To prepare for these occurrences, you should adjust the thermostat down a few degrees before you are forced to stop using the air conditioner. This will help keep your home cooler than usual.
  2. Purchase a Surge Protector – Electrical power lines will likely be damaged during a hurricane affecting the quality of electrical distribution. Be sure to keep your expensive electrical appliances safe by guarding them with a surge protector.
  3. Turn Off Major Appliances – Damaged power lines can cause your home to experience irregular power supply. This fluctuating power can harm your electrical appliances. Make sure to turn off and unplug all electrical appliances.
  4. Check Your Circuit Breaker – If you lose power, check to see if your neighbors still have power (before calling your power company). Also, check if you have tripped a circuit breaker. Remember to turn off any electrical appliances before you reset the circuit breaker to protect them if there’s a serious problem.

Call Hage Energy in the Event of a Power Surge or Flooding – If your house experienced a power shut down or flooding, give me a call at 713-560-0600 to inspect your HVAC systems before turning the power back on. You might have a short circuit in your system due to the water.

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