How to Winterize Your HVAC Unit

air conditioner in snowDid you know that simply switching from air conditioning to heat isn’t enough to keep both systems running efficiently? There are a few precautions you can take to get your heater ready for its winter-long performance as well as make sure your air conditioner is prepared to kick on when you need it next. These precautions have the added benefit of reducing energy consumption. Just please make sure that the unit is turned off before trying to complete any maintenance.

1. Change Air Filters

Dirty filters can have a negative affect on your HVAC unit’s performance. The unit has to work harder (and use more energy) to blow cold or hot air through the clogged filters, putting additional stress on its parts and likely threatening its lifespan. You should check your filters periodically and replace as needed.

2. Clean the Outdoor Unit

Debris such as dirt, sticks, and leaves can cling to the outdoor unit of your air conditioner. To a small animal, this may create the appearance of a perfect home. It’s not uncommon to find chewed up electrical components after an animal’s made its winter home. Brush away debris gently with a broom or garden hose.

3. Cover the Outdoor Unit

While most outdoor units are built to withstand the elements, but you’ll still want to prevent sticks and icicles from falling in the top. Additionally, air conditioner covers are a great way to prevent critters from getting inside.

4. Dust Vents & Registers

Like air filters, dirty vents can force your HVAC unit to work harder. When the air does get through, it’s blowing that dust and dirt into the air that you breathe. Simply wiping down vents and duct openings can reduce allergens and provide more efficient heating and cooling.

5. Get a Tune Up

Have a qualified technician come out and take a look at your furnace this season. He or she will make sure your heater is prepared for the long winter ahead. This tech can also help with winterizing your air conditioner if needed.

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