Did you know that cold weather and too much moisture can easily wreak havoc on your heating and cooling systems, especially if the unit is installed outdoors? Even if you live in an area that experiences a mild climate, you still need to winterize your HVAC unit. The reason for this is that HVAC units tend to work twice as hard in the winter months as a result of leaking ducting-regardless of the climate.
Therefore, it’s essential for all homeowners to take specific preventative measures to help the HVAC handle the challenge ahead in a better way. Since winterizing your heating and air conditioning unit will help enhance its longevity, consider the following tips:
Clean and Cover
Use your garden hose to remove dirt or debris that has been collecting around the unit during the summer months. Make sure you also trim any plants that grow around your unit.
When your AC is dry, take a broom and brush off the remaining leaves and dirt. To make sure rust doesn’t form on the top part of the unit or the condensing coil, wipe the area dry. Lastly, cover your unit with an air conditioner cover or a heavy tarp and be sure it's secured to the unit. Make sure to clean the cover a bit to remove any debris or dirt on it. The AC unit's cover must be completely dry before placing it over your AC unit.
After covering the unit, secure it with bungee cords. Winds can get strong during winter, and the last thing you want is the AC cover to be blown away.
Keep monitoring your cover to ensure it stays secure. The cover and unit must also be free of condensation throughout the winter.
Schedule A Furnace Tune-Up
Lastly, be sure to schedule a tune-up before the cold weather hits to ensure you don’t have problems with the unit throughout the cold months. A furnace tune-up can help in many ways than just keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. A qualified HVAC technician can also be able to detect any carbon monoxide or even gas leaks. Getting a quick tune0up can also help reduce your energy bill by up to 30%.
At Air Zone Cooling & Heating, we are committed to your HVAC needs, no matter the season. Consider contacting us so we can discuss how to prepare HVAC unit for winter. You can also schedule preventative maintenance, and we’ll send our certified technicians.
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