When a major storm hits your area, the damage it leaves in its wake can be devastating. Many companies rely on their commercial air conditioning systems to help regulate indoor temperatures and preserve the integrity of excess inventory.
Damage to your commercial HVAC equipment could result in significant financial hardship. Not only do you run the risk of losing a lot of products due to temperature fluctuations, you might be unable to return to business as usual until the HVAC system is repaired and capable of maintaining safe working temperatures.
A little preparation can go a long way toward protecting your HVAC equipment from storm damage in the future.
1. Make sure electrical surges don't compromise your equipment.
Many severe storms are accompanied by fluctuations in electricity levels. When a sudden influx of power enters your business due to a lightning strike or your electrical connection is interrupted because of a storm, a power surge is created.
These power surges can cause serious damage to the delicate electrical circuits within your HVAC equipment. You may find that your air conditioner doesn't cycle correctly or that you are unable to program your thermostat following a power surge.
To prevent power surges from leaving you without access to your HVAC equipment, have a certified technician install a surge protector. The right surge protector will shut down your electrical system when it senses a change in the flow of electricity, preventing excess power from frying the electrical components in your HVAC equipment.
2. Anchor all of your outdoor equipment.
Most commercial air conditioning systems feature an outdoor air compressor that draws in air from the surrounding environment and moves this air across condenser coils for cooling. Your outdoor compressor can become a serious safety hazard during a severe storm.
You want to ensure that your condenser is installed on a cement pad and that you have secured the condenser in place with hurricane straps. These straps will prevent the compressor from being lifted into the air by strong winds or swept away in the current of a flood.
A condenser that is properly anchored will be able to withstand the worst of Mother Nature's storm systems and service your commercial space properly once the storms have cleared.
Protecting your HVAC equipment from storm damage is important when it comes to keeping your commercial space running efficiently. You don't want a stray power surge or strong winds and waters to leave you without access to the HVAC equipment you need. Work with a technician to ensure your HVAC system is prepared for inclement weather.