It may still be warm in RVA, but winter is just around the corner. As the cold weather moves in, air conditioning units will be turned off and heating turned on. Even though your AC has worked well throughout the hot summer season, there are still a few things you should do before you forget about it for the next few months. The G-Man has a few tips on how to winterize your AC:
1. Change your filters. Just because your system is off does not mean debris will not be building up on your filter. Imagine not dusting a table for 4 months. There would certainly be a lot of dust. The same thing will happen to your AC filters. You don't want the first blast of your AC next year to be filled with dust and allergens.
2. Keep it clean. Even when not in use, you don't want debris or weather to block your system. If you have central air conditioning, make sure sticks, leaves and other debris are consistently cleared from around the unit. For both windows and ground units, you do not want too much snow to build up on your system. While the units are weatherproof, it is not good for moisture to sit on the unit for a long period of time.
3. Protect your unit. When possible, take window units out and store them in a safe place. For central AC units, you can use a protective cover to protect from debris and other elements.
4. Clean coils. Just like the filters, you do not want the coils to get dirt build-up. Clean your coils before putting your unit to bed for the winter and it will run more efficiently at the first sign of warm weather.
If you have any questions about winterizing your unit, give us a call!