How to prepare for summer storms

It’s springtime and severe weather is on its way. It’s time to prepare for summer storms that bring power outages. Have you thought about what you and your family will do if the power goes out? Without power you have no heat or air conditioning, no power for your freezer or refrigerator, and no lights to see after dark. A few steps taken now could ensure your next power outage is less painful and as inexpensive as possible.

Get prepared with these steps to reduce damage to your home and bring comfort during an outage.

1. Trim trees in your yard that could pose a threat to your home during high winds.

An arborist can remove branches that overhang the house or fence and remove dead, dying, or diseased trees.

2. Reinforce your garage door.

Garage doors are vulnerable in storms with high winds. Brace your garage door to reduce the damage caused by wind blowing it inward and allowing wind to push up on your roof. If you need to replace it, upgrade to a wind-rated model.

3. Get a generator.

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Having a standby generator will keep your home comfortable when there is a power outage. It will automatically kick on when it senses a break in the power and protect appliances and keep you comfortable. If you are one of the many thousands of employees working from home, a generator will keep you working and accessing the Internet even after a storm. You’ll also have surge protection. Power surges can happen at any time and cause damage to electronics. If you are living with someone who is a medical dependent, a generator will ensure their health and safety by powering  life saving devices like oxygen tanks or ventilators.

4. Upgrade to gutters and downspouts.

Steel is stronger than its common counterparts, vinyl and aluminum. If you live in a hail-prone region, upgrade to steel which is more durable against hail. You’re less likely to have a leak, too.

5. Protect your HVAC units.

Again, if you live in an area that gets hail, screens on your HVAC can prevent costly damage. Install screens around your air conditioning unit to help reduce damage to its fins and coils.

6. Protect your whole home with good or excellent impact-rated shingles.

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against any forms of severe weather. You can minimize storm damage by replacing your shingles on time with a shingle that defends against rough elements.

If you need an expert to help you prepare for summer storms, call the professionals at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010.