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It’s now officially hurricane season, and we frequently experience some pretty intense thunderstorms at this time of year. So how can you protect one of your home’s most valuable assets? When there’s electricity in the air, TURN YOUR A/C OFF.

When you hear thunder from an approaching storm, turn your A/C off. There’s no need to go to the breaker box to do this; just turn it off using the thermostat. This simple step helps protect your A/C system from devastating power surges. Nearly 90% of all electrical related damage occurs when your A/C is left on during thunder storms and hurricanes. You may suffer a bit from the increased heat and humidity but you’ll prevent thousands of dollars in preventable repairs.

Additionally, if there is a power outage during the storm, wait 20 minutes after power is restored to then turn your air conditioner back on. Unstable or “dirty” power can occur at this time.

Another concern during a hurricane is flooding. While flooding can harm your outside unit when it’s off, serious damage is virtually guaranteed if it’s on. Water and electricity just don’t mix.

Once the thunderstorm or hurricane is over and electrical power has been properly restored, be sure to clear all leaves and limbs which have gathered around your air conditioner, and use a garden hose to remove accumulated debris from its fins. These simple steps will help your A/C system survive the aftermath of Mother Nature’s fury.

Weather Trivia:

(1) The Earth experiences 2,000 thunderstorms occurring at any one time.
(2) Florida is the Lightning Capital of the U.S., Texas is #2.
(3) A bolt of lightning is typically 50,000° Fahrenheit, about three times
as hot as the sun’s surface.
(4) In the Pacific Ocean, hurricanes are generally known as typhoons. In the
Indian Ocean they are called tropical cyclones.
(5) The first hurricane with a male name was Hurricane Bob which hit near
New Orleans in July 1979.

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