For many homeowners, this time of year is more of a time to be concerned about your furnace than your air conditioning unit. However, even though temperatures are getting colder and days are getting shorter, take a moment to ask yourself if you’ve taken the time to winterize your AC unit. Believe it or not, this type of AC service in NJ can prolong the life of your AC and keep it performing at peak efficiency when summer rolls back around.
Not to mention, winterizing your central AC unit is easy and takes just an hour or so of your time. Read on to learn the steps you’ll need to follow to winterize yours.
Wash and Trim
Start by assessing the area around your outdoor AC unit. Have bushes, shrubs, and other greenery begun to grow close to the unit itself? If so, then now would be a great time to bust out the pruning shears and trim those branches back. The last thing you want is for your air conditioning unit to become damaged due to plant overgrowth.
Now is also a good time to grab a garden hose and gently spray off the AC unit itself. This will help to remove any caked on debris and dirt.
Dry and Remove Debris
You don’t want any of the components of your AC unit to rust, so be sure to dry off your AC unit (either in the sun or with a clean cloth) before moving onto the next steps. This is also a good opportunity to scrub away any remaining dirt or debris, ensuring that your AC unit is nice and clean.
Cover for Protection
If you have a large tarp that you won’t need over the winter, this will make for a great cover for your AC unit. Covering your air conditioning unit is an excellent way to protect it from the elements–especially snow and ice. When exposed to these elements, your air conditioning unit could end up with rust, corrosion, or other damage. If using a standard tarp to cover the unit, be sure to secure it with some bungee cords or ties so that winter wind gusts don’t blow the cover off.
For added peace of mind and even better protection, you may want to purchase a cover specifically designed for use on central AC units. You can purchase these online, at most home improvement stores, or even through your AC manufacturer. These tend to have a more snug fit and provide greater protection to the unit on all sides.
Throughout the winter, it’s also a good idea to check on your AC unit every few weeks to make sure that your cover is in place and that the unit itself is well protected. This will give you greater peace of mind that the unit is properly winterized until the springtime rolls around.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any concerns with winterizing your AC unit! Our technicians are highly trained and experienced in these matters and can provide you with proper winter preparation as well as ensure your furnace is ready and in good condition for the seaon. This way, you can rest assured that your entire HVAC system is taken care of.
For more information or to schedule an inspection, repair, or service on your home’s HVAC system, contact us today. We have years of experience when it comes to AC and furnace service, and we would be happy to assist you. Our goal is to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible in your own home!