Seasoned North Carolinians know that hurricane season spans from June 1st through November 30th. However, many are unsure of how to brace themselves and their households for the upcoming storms. That’s where the experts at Comfort First Heating & Cooling come in. Because we have been in business for 10 years, it’s safe to say we’ve seen our fair share of hurricane activity, both strong and mild. Therefore, we would like to pass along some insight we’ve gained over time to help you become fully equipped to handle any tempests that come our way!
Take Extra Precautions:
When prepping for seasonal storms, it’s important to cover all of your bases. This means making sure your home is safe and secure by tying down outdoor furniture, taking smaller objects, like toys, inside and trimming back branches that could break during a high-wind event and harm your home. Additionally, be sure to clean out your gutters to avoid potential flooding and roof damage! You may also want to consider purchasing secure window shutters and garage door braces to add another layer of protection.
Prepare For Extended Outages With A Generator:
Power outages are likely to occur during a heavy storm. However, there is no telling how long an outage will last. While it may be rather easy to go about business as usual for a few hours without power, living without basic appliances for even a few days can be a major inconvenience at best. With a Whole Home or Standby generator, you can have peace of mind that you and your family will not have to go without electricity, no matter how large the storm may be!
Replace Your Old HVAC Unit:
If your HVAC system is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s more at risk for breakdowns in general…and strong winds as well as heavy rain can increase that risk! Even if your unit is functioning properly, older units are commonly less efficient and much more vulnerable to the impacts of seasonal hurricanes such as power surges.
Consider replacing your aging unit sooner rather than later to avoid the hassle of scheduling repairs or a full replacement during a severe storm.
As hurricane season gets underway, it’s important to make sure you and your family have all supplies necessary to stay safe and as comfortable as possible should a storm arise. Consider clearing out an area of your home for storage, so everyone knows where to find the emergency stash. A few things you’ll want to make sure to stock up on include:
- A three-day ration of water as well as dried/canned food
- First-aid kit
- Garbage bags
- Can opener
If you have any questions about how to best prepare for hurricane season, give us a call at any of our five locations or fill out a contact form. We also offer a live-chat service on our website that connects you directly with a representative! We would be more than happy to help in any way we can.