Winter is just around the corner and now is a great time of year to begin thinking about winterizing your HVAC units before all the cold and snow hits. Not only will winterizing your HVAC system help to protect it from damage, but it could save you money in utility bills.
1. Take Out Any Window Units
If you have any window air conditioners around your home, you should make sure to remove them before the winter. While some homeowners think you can leave them in your window year-round, they’re not built to withstand our harsh winters. Take them out, store them in a warm and dry place and they’ll be ready for use again when the summer rolls around.
2. Clean Your Outdoor HVAC Unit
Many of us have an HVAC unit outside, and if you do, you should be sure to clean it before the winter weather begins. Be sure to remove any debris such as fallen leaves, twigs and branches that may have become trapped in your unit, and be sure to clear the area around it as well.
3. Cover Your Unit
Exterior HVAC units need to be covered during the winter, and you can purchase special covers designed specifically for this purpose. Covering your unit will ensure that it’s protected from debris, ice and snow, and will protect it from other potential winter hazards.
4. Change Your HVAC Air Filter
Our interior HVAC units have air filters inside them that require replacing about once every season. Before you start using your heater again, locate the air filter in your HVAC system and replace or wash it. Keeping your filter clean and regularly replaced will prevent it from getting clogged, and will save you money in the long-run.
5. Schedule Your Seasonal Maintenance
One of the best ways to make sure your HVAC system is ready for winter is to book your annual maintenance service appointment. Annual maintenance, conducted by an HVAC professional, can help to ensure that you don’t run into any issues throughout the season. They’ll be able to identify potential problems and fix them before they happen, keeping you warm and comfortable all winter.
Schedule your annual maintenance