Arizona’s monsoon is June 15th through September 30th, so we are already officially into what is not only the hottest time of the year here in the Valley of the Sun, but also the most humid. In fact, the Arizona Division of Public Health Services describes the heat in Arizona during the summer as “more than a nuisance”; they consider it to be lethal.
There are several things you can do in order to safe proof your home for monsoon, including securing patio furniture and umbrellas so that they don’t blow away or become damaged. The strong winds can even blow your outdoor furniture and ornaments into your home’s windows or your vehicles if they are not properly stored or secured. Trash cans, children’s play sets, trampolines, sheds, window screens, and loose roof tiles or shingles should also be checked to ensure they survive monsoon.
Young trees should be secured and mature trees can be trimmed in order to prevent damage to them or to your property. Large trees routinely fall during monsoon; falling onto homes, vehicles, and neighbors’ properties. Be sure to thin out heavier branches on larger trees and make sure branches aren’t touching your house or roof. Surge protectors are essential to protect your electronic devices and should be considered an investment when safe proofing your home for monsoon. Since a higher number on the surge protector indicates greater protection, look for one that is at least rated at 200 to 400 joules.
Your home’s HVAC system filters the outside air, so the dust storms that accompany monsoon can strain your unit, making it work harder and less efficiently. Because the a/c unit may run longer than normal due to the higher humidity, you may need to lower the thermostat setting in order to keep comfortable. 77° in a home with 50% humidity is not comfortable. Cleaning the unit’s condensate drain will also help keep your HVAC system clean and clear out any debris, which makes the unit more efficient.
Our HVAC inspections can easily become one of the items you schedule when safe proofing your home for monsoon. Just Call John’s if you would like our NATE-Certified technicians to check your a/c unit in order to get through monsoon with your air conditioner still working.