Now that we have had our first snow of the season, and we have officially entered the new year, how to care for your AC unit may be the last thing on your mind.
Having said that, while we are currently focused on keeping our heating systems healthy and our homes warm, we also need to keep tabs on the outdoor condenser unit. Following these HVAC winter tips will help ensure your air conditioning unit works properly when the temperatures rise again.
Winter HVAC Tuneup
The best thing you can do for your HVAC system in winter is to have a tuneup if it’s been a while. It’s a minor service but helps prolong the life and efficiency of your system.
Avoid Plastic Covers
These look like a good idea, but they can actually trap condensation and moisture which leads to rust and rot. Your condenser is built to be durable, and the open air flow will help keep it dry.
Regularly remove dead leaves, overgrown plants, and other debris from around the unit. They can contribute to blocked air flow and may also work their way into the unit itself.
Prevent Fallen Icicles
Icicles that fall onto the unit from the overhang of your home can damage the grating. If they actually break though, they can damage the internal mechanical structure. Provide a layer of protection with a simple piece of plywood on top of the unit. This will serve as a breathable canopy without blocking air flow.
Finally, as part of your regular furnace maintenance, keep up with filter changes during the winter just as you would any other time of year. Your heated air is filtered, too, so this is a good habit to continue.
If you would like to learn more about preventative maintenance tips for your HVAC system, or if you would like to schedule a furnace tuneup, please call Deljo Heating & Cooling.