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Weathering the Storm: HVAC Professionals Address Hurricane Preparedness for National Safety Month

HOUSTON The National Safety Council annually recognizes June as National Safety Month. June also marks the beginning of hurricane season. In 2017 the Atlantic hurricane season broke records, so One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® (One Hour), part of the Direct Energy family of brands, is helping homeowners prepare their HVAC systems for hurricane season, with tips to safeguard against HVAC issues that can arise during severe weather.

  • Cover your HVAC unit to keep debris out and prevent water flooding of the interior components.
  • Tightly secure your unit down with hurricane straps, as heavy winds can send your unit flying into your home or your neighbors’.
  • Remove air conditioner fuses to avoid damage caused by power surges when lines and power are restored after a power loss.
  • If evacuating, turn off gas to prevent leaks from occurring.


Preparedness is the first step to preventing costly or even dangerous issues that hurricanes can cause, which starts with ensuring your home systems are operating properly in the first place. Contact the professionals at One Hour for inspections and guidance on proper maintenance of your HVAC system.


About One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is currently ranked as the #1 HVAC franchise in Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 (January 2018). One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning puts an emphasis on trust, customer service and courtesy. Franchised One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning locations are independently owned and operated businesses. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is part of the Direct Energy family of brands.

Direct Energy is one of North America’s largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas, and home and business energy-related services with over four million customers. Direct Energy gives customers choice, simplicity, and innovation where energy, data, and technology meet. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), an international energy and services company, Direct Energy, its subsidiaries and/or affiliates, operate in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and four provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, please visit

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