Electrical, Heating & Cooling Services in Lake County & Beyond

Is Your Home Ready for Severe Weather?

Summer weather is here which means backyard barbeques, pool parties, and severe weather. Severe weather hits Indiana every summer...and whether it’s in the form of thunderstorms, hail, or even tornados, your family and home need to be prepared.

Follow our guide on storm preparedness to ensure your family is ready to face the weather!

HVAC Maintenance

Preparing your HVAC unit for severe weather is one of the more overlooked aspects of storm preparedness. Severe weather brings high winds that can toss any loose debris or objects around your yard and damage your heating and cooling system. Heavy rain can lead to flooding which can also be problematic for an HVAC unit.

Follow these tips to help prevent damage to your HVAC unit before a storm:

  • Clean dirt and dust from around your heating and cooling unit

  • Clear away any loose branches, gardening tools, or other large objects that could damage your HVAC system

  • Contact a professional for information about whole home surge protection

Professional technicians can help you prepare your system for a storm, but another easy way to prevent damage to your system is to keep up-to-date with your annual maintenance. Power outages can happen in hot weather from too much strain on the grid or storm damage, but regular maintenance keeps your system working efficiently so it doesn’t pull more electricity from the grid than is necessary.

Repair Screens

The screens in your windows or doors can be easily ripped by pets, general wear and tear, or inclement weather, but they’re still a part of your home’s first line of defense. Ensuring all screens are patched up or replaced before bad weather will help prevent further damage from occurring during storm season.

You can repair window and door screens yourself using screen repair tape available online or by replacing the screen entirely. If the frame is in good enough shape you’ll only need to worry about replacing the screen itself, but if there’s a small hole you can easily patch it with screen repair tape.

Prepare Backup Power

One often overlooked way to be prepared for a summer power outage is by having a home generator installed. Generators pull energy from propane or natural gas which are independent sources—meaning they don’t have to rely on electricity to bring power to your home. Generators can be installed to bring power to your entire home or just a few necessities, depending on your needs as a homeowner.

Installing a whole home generator is a good idea for those who run businesses or work out of their homes, but they can be a necessity in the home of someone who relies on life-supporting medical equipment. When storms or severe weather hit, there’s no pause button on the need for medical care. A whole home generator will kick on as soon as your home loses power from the main sources, and won’t leave you or your loved ones facing life-threatening conditions without power.

Have an Emergency Plan

Nothing could be worse than the power going out and finding yourself at an utter loss for what to do. Do you own candles? Where’s the lighter? Are my children and other dependants safe? Having an emergency plan prepared ahead of time can keep your family from panicking in the event of a power outage, which in turn, keeps everyone safer.

There are many resources online for creating a family emergency preparedness plan, including those specially designed for young children. Follow these quick tips as the basics of a family emergency plan:

  • Have a designated meeting place for your family--whether that’s a room in your home or a community space with its own power supply.

  • Keep an emergency bag packed with basic emergency essentials: flashlights and extra batteries, a hand crank radio, first aid kit, water, and some nonperishable food.

  • DO NOT use portable generators inside. They give off carbon monoxide which can be deadly in enclosed spaces.

Summer power outages are serious, but if you’re prepared for them, you’ll give yourself the upper hand. Contact All Services for HVAC maintenance and generator installations at (219) 233-2066 today!