Winter Care of the Air Conditioner
Covering an unused air conditioner during the winter is the right thing to do. By covering it, you are providing protection against debris such as debris, sand, acorns, sticks and leaves. In addition, a cover prevents rain or other precipitation from entering the system, where freezing temperatures can cause precipitation to freeze and may cause damage. Covering the unit assists in keeping maintenance costs and repair of the heating and air conditioning system down.
In addition, when storms occur, the potential for flying debris or hail causing damage to the air conditioner is reduced when it is covered. Furthermore, your coil will benefit from remaining cleaner and the odds of rust developing are reduced. In fact, covering the air conditioner will generally extend the unit’s lifespan and can reduce maintenance and the potential cost of repairs.
However, you gain the benefits of a cover only if you use the right type of cover. Using plastic can easily trap moisture inside that leads to rust and mold. The proper cover will include ventilation to prevent moisture buildup. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended type of cover. Secure the cover to prevent the wind from blowing it away. Furthermore, check on the cover weekly to ensure it remains secure, and remove any accumulating debris.
In addition to scheduling regular maintenance of your home’s heating and air conditioning system, consider insulating the ducts. Duct insulation is especially beneficial when the duct work is shared by both the heating and air conditioning system. Sealing duct joints can prevent the loss of 20% of the energy consumed by the HVAC system. Insulating the ducts will increase the energy saved even further. Insulation is especially beneficial in ducts that are located in attics, and unfinished basements where extreme temperatures forces the system to work harder.
Finally, before placing the air conditioning in service, trim any foliage at least two feet from the condenser, and clear any clutter or debris that may impact the unit’s airflow. When spring arrives, contact our NATE certified technicians to schedule HVAC maintenance service for the best possible performance and efficiency. NATE certification ensures you receive an HVAC technician with the highest training, experience and skills, for a job done right the first time.
In addition, remember during the winter months to change your heating system’s air filter to keep energy use and the need for repairs down. Ensuring a clean air filter maintains the system’s performance, improves air quality and assists to provide the longest lifespan possible.
Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning provides expert service and repair on all major brands of heating air conditioning systems. In addition, you can rely on our technicians to provide emergency service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Contact a Cypress representative today to schedule heating and air conditioning installation, service or repair, and air quality upgrades. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.