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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.