You’re probably thinking about getting your heating system ready for the cold months ahead. But what about…your air conditioner?
Believe it or not, you need to get your cooling system ready for winter too!
The title of this article may sound confusing. Why do you need to winterize your air conditioner when it’s cold outside? The answer is that leaving your cooling system exposed to the elements all winter can lead to damage and repairs down the road. Preparing your cooling system properly for the off-season will help ensure it lasts for years to come.
Here are some tips for getting your air conditioner ready for the winter:
- Clear away debris: Over the summer, leaves, dirt, and other debris can accumulate around the outdoor A/C unit. Clear away anything that has collected around the unit. Debris can clog airflow and lead to problems when you go to start up the AC again in the spring.
- Disconnect power: Turn off power to the A/C system. This will prevent accidental operation during the winter.
- Cover the unit: Buy a weather-resistant cover made specifically for A/C units. Make sure to securely fasten the cover in place. This will protect the unit from snow, ice, and winter precipitation.
- Trim foliage: Cut back any tree branches or shrubs that are encroaching on the AC unit. You want good airflow around the unit at all times.
- Clean the filters: Clean or replace the air filters in your A/C system before shutting it down. Clogged filters can restrict airflow.
- Schedule maintenance: Arrange for spring maintenance and inspection early. We technicians often get very busy once warm weather hits!
Now let’s talk about your heating system. While an A/C unit sits idle all winter, your furnace or boiler will be in frequent use once cold temperatures arrive. Here are some tips for preparing your heating system:
- Inspect the thermostat: Make sure the batteries are fresh. Check settings and make any seasonal adjustments. Programmable thermostats can help maximize energy efficiency.
- Inspect air vents: Clean all the heating vents and make sure nothing is blocking them. This allows hot air to circulate properly.
- Change the filter: A clean air filter maximizes airflow and heating efficiency. Change the filter at the start of the heating season.
- Clean intake and exhaust vents: Use a wire brush to clean the outside intake and exhaust vents. This removes any dirt, debris, or insect nests.
- Schedule an inspection: Hire a technician from Air Repair Pros to inspect your heating system before winter. They can identify and fix minor problems before they become major repairs.
Preparing both your heating AND cooling systems for winter will help ward off any issues when temperatures start dropping. Your heating and cooling system will run more efficiently, saving you money on energy bills. And remember, a little seasonal maintenance goes a long way!