Is Your HVAC System Ready for Winter? How to Winterize Your Air Conditioner this Fall

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The Farmer’s Almanac predicts above-average amounts of snowfall in Joplin this upcoming winter.

That prediction may have you running to get your snowblower and snow shovels ready. But while you’re breaking out the winter wardrobe, don’t forget about taking care of your warm-weather equipment as well. 

Is your HVAC system ready for winter? Keep reading to learn how to winterize your air conditioner and get ready to stay warm all season long.

Clean the AC Unit

If you’re totally clueless about how to prepare an AC for winter, start by cleaning the exterior unit

The first step is to always turn the HVAC system off completely before cleaning. Once turned off, remove debris from around the unit. Cut back any tree limbs or vines and rake up the leaves and debris. 

Then, use your garden hose to spray the outside of the unit to remove dirt and pollen build up. 

Taking these steps help ensure your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible. It’s always wise to clean the unit before and after the winter season, for the best results. 

Change Your Filter 

When you’re getting your AC ready for winter, you should always change out the system’s air filter. 

Experts recommend changing the air filter every three to four months. Use the change of the season as a reminder to change your filter so you stay on schedule.

If you have pets or suffer from allergies, you may need to change your air filter more frequently.  

The first thing to do is to figure out what kind of filter your HVAC system uses. The easiest way to do this is to check the label of the filter currently in your system. Buy the same size and type of filter from your local home improvement store, and since they’re so cheap, you may want to buy a few at a time. 

Then, it’s as simple as pulling the old filter out of place and inserting the new one. Look out for arrows on the filter so you put the filter in the right way. 

Cover the Air Conditioner 

Every AC winter maintenance plan includes covering the air conditioner unit before the first snowfall and freezing temperatures hit. 

Invest in a specially designed plastic or waterproof vinyl air conditioner unit cover. It’s very important that you find the proper size for your unit.

A cover that’s too tight will prevent ventilation to the unit, while a cover that’s too loose won’t protect it from the elements. 

Don’t Forget to Winterize Your Air Conditioner

With these three simple steps, you’re ready to winterize your air conditioner. 

Also, consider scheduling a preventative care appointment at the end of each season. Our professionals will inspect and service your air conditioner unit to ensure it’s ready for its long winter’s nap. 

If you’re in Joplin, Missouri, contact the professionals at J&M Smith Heating & Air Conditioning for winterization help. 

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