Should you cover your AC unit in the winter?
As cool temperatures arrive, it's time to say goodbye to your air conditioner during the winter. This raises the question of whether or not you should cover your AC unit in the winter. In this blog, the certified HVAC team from AtlasCare is giving you the ins and outs of how you can take care of your cooling system. So, keep reading for more information.
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How should I protect my air conditioner in the winter?
To guarantee that your air conditioner performs at its best when the summertime returns, it is essential that you protect it during the winter. Here's a closer look at how you can do this:
· Clean the space surrounding the air conditioner before winter arrives. Clear the area around it of any leaves, dirt, and anything that may have gathered. This guarantees proper airflow and averts possible harm.
· Cut back any plants or branches that hang over or near the air conditioner. This lowers the possibility of injury by preventing falling branches and the accumulation of ice.
· Disconnect the AC unit's power. This stops the system from accidentally activating in the winter, which could result in damage. The power disconnect switch is typically located close to the outdoor unit, or you can turn it off at the electrical panel.
By following these safety measures, you can prolong the life and effectiveness of your cooling system and make sure it's ready to run at peak efficiency when the summer months arrive again.
When should I cover my air conditioner?
It can be beneficial to cover your air conditioning unit, but timing is everything. Here's when you should consider protecting your home's air conditioner unit.
· Cover the air conditioning unit in late fall or early winter. By doing this, you can shield the unit from falling objects, leaves, and other debris.
· It is a good idea to cover your air conditioner in advance of a significant snowstorm. By doing this, snow and ice are prevented from potentially damaging the unit by not entering it directly.
· Covering your air conditioner might add an additional layer of protection if it is located in an area that is frequently hit by severe winds, a lot of precipitation, or other forms of extreme weather.
Now that you know when you should consider covering your outdoor air conditioning compartment, there are some things you should keep in mind when doing so:
· Use a breathable covering to avoid moisture accumulation and lower the possibility of rust or corrosion.
· Do not wrap the unit too tightly. To avoid condensation, let some air circulate.
If you have further questions about taking care of your home’s air conditioning system during the wintertime, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional HVAC company in your area for tailored professional advice.
Is it safe to cover my air conditioner?
Yes, covering your air conditioner is generally safe, but as we've previously indicated, doing it the right way is essential to preventing any problems, including the following:
· Use a flexible cover: Opt for a breathable cover made especially for air conditioners. This promotes air circulation, which lowers the chance of mould or corrosion and stops moisture from gathering under the cover.
· Don't wrap the compartment tightly: Moisture can be trapped by a tight cover, causing rusting along with other problems. To allow for airflow, utilize a cover with vents or leave some gaps.
· Correctly fasten the cover: Make sure the cover is firmly but not overly tightly fastened. To keep the cover in place without overly straining the device, use ropes or bungee cords.
· Examine frequently: Check the cover's condition on a regular basis over the winter. Keep an eye out for any indications of damage, drooping, or moisture buildup. Change the cover if necessary.
· Think about expert advice: Again, if you're not sure whether to cover your air conditioning unit or how to do it correctly, think about consulting HVAC professionals. They can offer advice based on the climate in your area and your particular system.
How often should I service my air conditioner?
Generally speaking, homeowners should have their air conditioners professionally serviced by a certified HVAC technician at least once a year. We recommend scheduling this appointment in the early spring to ensure your cooling system is prepared to function at its peak performance in the months that follow when temperatures are warmer.
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