Preparing your HVAC System for the Seattle-Tacoma Rainy Season

Green City Preparing your HVAC System for the Seattle-Tacoma Rainy Season

Here in the Seattle and Tacoma area, we are not strangers to rain. The Pacific Northwest is known for its wet climate, and as the seasons change, it’s essential to prepare your home for the inevitable rainy season. One crucial aspect that often gets overlooked is preparing your HVAC system to withstand the moisture and potential challenges that come with it. We here at Green City Heating and Air Conditioning hope to provide you tips on how to ensure your HVAC system is ready to weather our rainy season.

Regular Maintenance is Key

Here at the onset of the rainy season, we highly encourage you to schedule a professional HVAC inspection and maintenance service. One of our trained technicians will check for any issues, clean components, lubricate moving parts, and ensure that your system is running efficiently. This proactive step can help prevent unexpected breakdowns during rainy periods when you rely on your HVAC system for comfort. This is also a great time to get your ducts cleaned to prevent dust and allergens from being pushed through every inch of your home after a long season of limited use.  

Protect Outdoor Components

Let’s be honest, we Washingtonians tend to hibernate inside once the long, dark, and wet winter evenings set in. It can be easy to forget about any outdoor HVAC components you may have. If your HVAC system’s outdoor unit is exposed to the elements, it is vulnerable to rain, wind, and debris. To protect it during the rainy season:

  • Clear Debris: Remove leaves, twigs, and any debris that may have accumulated around the unit. This prevents clogs and allows for proper airflow.
  • Elevate the Unit: Consider placing your outdoor unit on a platform or concrete pad to prevent flooding or water damage during heavy rains.
  • Install a Cover: A weatherproof cover designed for your specific HVAC unit can help shield it from rain while allowing for proper ventilation. However, ensure the cover is compatible and does not trap moisture inside.

Check for Leaks

Inspect your HVAC system for any signs of leaks, both inside and outside your home. Leaky ducts or a malfunctioning condensate drain can result in excess moisture in your home. If you notice water pooling around the indoor unit or damp spots on walls and ceilings, it’s crucial to address these issues promptly to prevent water damage and mold growth.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

Good ventilation is essential to prevent excess humidity indoors. Consider using exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to expel moisture-laden air outside. Additionally, use a dehumidifier if needed to maintain an optimal indoor humidity level, typically between 30% and 50%.

By taking these steps, you can enjoy a cozy and worry-free indoor environment throughout the wettest months of the year. If you are in need of investing in a new HVAC system, be sure to check out our 2023 Fall & Winter Heat Pump and Furnace special as well as rebates and tax credits upwards of $3200. We are happy to help you with the process, including helping you secure zero down, 0% interest financing. As a family owned and operated business, we go the extra mile to take care of you and your home. Give us a call at: (206) 249-9772, we’d love to answer your questions or reach out here on our website. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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