HVAC Safety Tips for Bad Weather

Considering that Edmonton receives the most amount of rain in June, it’s crucial that you are prepared for the elements. This is doubly true for your HVAC system as they can be particularly susceptible to rain and storms. But how exactly do you protect your HVAC system from bad weather? To help you out we thought it would be useful to put together a brief article on this subject. If this is something that you’re interested in learning more about, read on as we list down four HVAC safety tips for bad weather that you have to know about.

Keep Track of the Weather Forecast

Before anything else, it’s vital that you keep track of the weather forecast. This is the only way to know what you need to be prepared for. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for bad weather so you will need to adjust your strategy depending on the specific weather conditions. Keeping track of the weather also lets you plan ahead and make better preparations. While this may seem trivial, it can make a huge difference and can prevent your HVAC system from sustaining damage.

Secure the Unit

If you see that bad weather is incoming, you’ll want to make sure to secure the outside unit. Remember, strong rain is usually accompanied by equally strong winds that can cause a lot of damage to your HVAC system if you fail to secure the unit. Now, you don’t have to do anything too extreme as covering it should be enough to protect it sufficiently. We also suggest trimming any nearby trees to avoid broken branches from colliding with your HVAC system. 

Shut Down the HVAC System During a Storm

One of the best things you can do to protect your HVAC system in case of bad weather is to turn the entire system off. This prevents it from taking major damage if ever lighting strikes your home. So that you don’t get too uncomfortable, we also suggest that you pre-cool your home before the storm hits. Additionally, we also recommend unplugging any appliances in your home as they may also sustain damage if lightning does strike your home.

Utilize a Surge Protector

Although we cannot guarantee that a surge protector will protect you from lightning strikes to your house, it is beneficial to have one. During a thunderstorm, a surge protector grounds the lightning so that it won’t damage your house. If you cannot afford a surge protector, simply turn off all of your electronic devices to protect them from damage during the storm.


We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you gain a better understanding of how to best protect your HVAC system from bad weather. While it may seem like a serious challenge, keeping your HVAC system in good condition despite the bad weather isn’t that difficult as long as you know what you’re doing. Be sure to keep everything you’ve learned here in mind so that you can keep your HVAC system safe in case of storms.

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