Your Heating And AC – Done With One Season, On With The Next

Your air conditioning unit has worked very hard all summer long to keep you and your family comfortable during the hottest of summer days. Now that fall is starting to make an appearance, it's time to start giving that air conditioning unit a vacation for the winter. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you prepare the air conditioning unit for a safe winter of non-use.

Call Your HVAC Maintenance Man

This is a great time to get your heating and cooling system squared away for the season. Now that the air conditioning won't be used, the heating system will be – so why not take care of two needs with one visit from the HVAC maintenance man?

During his visit, you'll want to have the air conditioning unit inspected and learn of any needed repairs. You might be given the option to make the repairs immediately, replace the unit at a great end of season rate, or be told that everything looks good to go.

While he's there, have him complete an inspection and service check on the heating system. This will save you the need to call him back in a month when you need the heating system just to stay warm enough to get out of bed in the morning.

Tip: Inquire about getting a 6-month supply of furnace filters from him. It might not save you money to buy them directly through the technician, but it will eliminate the chances that you'll forget to buy the filters each time you leave the house for the next 6 months.

Cover the Unit

Your air conditioning unit may need a little protection through the winter. Is it positioned just under the overhang of the house? Are there big trees hanging over the unit? Have you had problems with rodents in years past?

When determining if the unit needs to be covered, you need to think about what could cause the damage. If there's nothing heavy that could damage it, you can likely get away with a soft cover, like a durable tarp, but if there are overhead threats that could fall and damage the unit, or a known issue with rodents chewing the wires, it's best to build a custom box to fit over the unit and close it off entirely.

Talk with your AC maintenance professionals. They'll help you get things wrapped up for the winter and prepare the heating system for months of use.

For more information, contact companies like Laroc Refrigeration-Metal Division.