When the temperature outside begins to drop, you will notice it in your home. When the temperature in your home become noticeably cooler, it is time to switch your HVAC system from your air conditioner to your heater. This process is typically called winterizing your HVAC system. When the time comes for you to do that, there are certain steps to take. Taking these steps will make sure that your system is kept in optimal condition throughout the winter months, saving you from any added costs and hassle.
You can prepare your air conditioner by following these four steps:
- Remove any window units
If you own any window units, you should take them out and store them safely somewhere in your home. Contrary to popular belief, you should leave these units in the windows throughout the winter time because this will deteriorate the condition of the units. You can preserve them better by taking them out and storing them until you are ready to use them again in the following summer.
- Clean the unit
If you have a unit that is located outside your home, ensure that you take the time to clean it. You can do this by removing any debris that is trapped inside the unit such as leaves, twigs, branches, cobwebs and more. Clean the unit by using a hose to clean away any dirt and dust. While doing this, proceed with caution, since you do not want to bend the fans or damage any other parts of the unit. Allow the unit to dry completely before moving to the next step in the process.
- Get a cover
Once your unit is completely dry, place a cover over it. This will help prevent any outdoor debris from getting into it over the winter. A plastic cover or a tarp is usually the more beneficial options to prevent moisture (from the snow) and other debris from getting into the unit.
- Change the air filter
You should now locate the air filter that should be inside of your home. If you have not changed the filter, take the time to do so, because your air filter should be replaced every 3 to 4 months. This is essential, especially if you live in an area that is located near a construction site, or gets a lot of wind. Routinely changing the filter will prevent it from getting clogged, which will force your HVAC system to work harder than it has to in order to push the air throughout your home. This can increase its energy levels and therefore the cost of the monthly bill.
Once your HVAC system has been winterized, you can now prepare the heater for the upcoming colder months. Have a professional HVAC professional come and tune up the system, which will include making sure that everything is working properly, and if there are any repairs that need to be done. It is best to take care of any problem you may have, so that it can be repaired before the problem becomes larger and leaves you in a tight spot in the middle of the winter.