I have a special storm cover that keep airflow so the fans can run but shields the motor and internal components from leaves, pine needles, and yard debris
I used to think living in either tornado alley or out along the far western coasts with abundant earthquakes, were the worst places to live in this country for severe weather. There were periods of time fearing tornados that far outpaced whatever minimal threat they posed to my myself and my family in our midwestern town. I thought moving several hundred miles further south, which would take me even further away from the tornado hot zone, would result in less stress over extreme weather, but I couldn’t have made a bigger mistake with that assumption. From May to early September this area is plagued with afternoon showers, lightning storms, and by early autumn—tropical cyclones, or hurricanes. When storm season reaches its apex, I have to have my yard free of patio furniture, flower pots, and yard decorations. Anything could become a possible fatal projectile when wind speeds get close to 100 miles per hour or more. This also means that your outdoor HVAC equipment is particularly vulnerable to damage during storm conditions. I have a split system, so the only part of my HVAC that is outdoors is my condenser. I have a special storm cover that keep airflow so the fans can run but shields the motor and internal components from leaves, pine needles, and yard debris. I always pray and hope that my condenser stays safe into winter each year when I use it the least, because budgeting for a repair that extensive is tough on a limited income. My neighbor wasn’t so lucky last year, he forgot to store a metal frame patio table before leaving to go up north for a few months in August last year. We had a direct hit from a tropical storm and the winds picked up the table and threw it into his condenser, simultaneously taking out a huge chunk of siding from the outside of the house.