Friday, December 30, 2016

How To Protect Your AC This Winter

The winter season is in full swing, which means that your furnace is working hard to keep you and your family warm. Although we aren't using the AC unit now, we can't forget about it. It's important to make sure your AC unit is taken care of during the winter months to ensure it's ready to keep you cool this next summer. Lake of the Ozarks best heating and cooling company has a few tips to help protect your AC unit this winter.

Made For The Cold

Although your air conditioning unit is made for the summer months, it's actually built to survive the tough winter weather. Some people even find that their units work fine taking no precautions before winter. However, the outdoor components of the system can be damaged by debris, moisture build-up and repeated freeze-and-thaw cycles. You could switch off the power to avoid accidentally turning it on during the winter, which could create a problem if it starts cycling water through the system and that water freezes. 

Cover Up?

There are pros and cons to covering your AC for the winter. While the cold itself won't hurt your system, the debris that accumulates over the season can. If you decide to cover your AC unit during the winter months, it is important to clean it up and remove any leaves or other gunk that has built up before stowing it. There are two ways you can cover an AC unit. First, you can place a piece of plywood over the top to keep icicles, branches, leaves and other things from falling in the top. Secondly, an AC cover from manufacturers can also keep debris out as well as lower the risk of damage to the metal from repeated freezing and thawing. However, if you have a heat pump, it is important NOT to cover it during the winter months, as it works all year long. 

Don't Forget To Check On It

Whether you decide to cover your AC or not, it is important to periodically check on your AC unit throughout the winter season. If your AC is covered, it is important to make sure the cover is intact. In addition, it is important to check underneath the cover and clean out any debris that may have gotten in. If you did not cover it, it is important to check on your system after any snow storms to remove snow from the top to prevent water from getting into your system. It is also important to clear away any debris in and around the system.

Let Royal Heating & Air Protect Your HVAC System

If you need help protecting your AC or furnace this season, call the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Ensuring that your AC is protected this winter will help make sure that your AC is ready to work hard next summer.  You can count of Royal Heating & Air to make sure your AC unit is ready when you need it next summer.  

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