Taking care of your AC unit is always at the forefront of your mind during the summer months…and almost year-round here in Central Florida thanks to our continually mild (a.k.a. blazing hot) temperatures. However, when cold snaps do blow through, or when we get an extended period of cooler, wet weather during the Fall and Winter months, it’s easy to forget about ongoing maintenance of your AC unit and instead relish in opening windows, and *gasp* even turning on your heat. However, failing to give some attention to your AC, even during the off months, could result in damage and expensive repairs.
“Falling” into the habit of year-round AC maintenance (and knowing what NOT to do for your unit) is a great way to make your HVAC system last for years to come. Here are our handy tips to help you this Fall and Winter:
- Do NOT use an AC cover. Yes, we know you’ve seen people up north use plastic covers to protect their AC units from the snow, but in reality, even the majority of people who get regular winter weather don’t really need to cover their AC unit. The systems are designed to withstand wet weather, including snow. In fact, keeping them uncovered will let them breathe and dry out more quickly following snowfall and resulting melting. Obviously, snow isn’t a concern in Florida, but some people might feel the need to cover their unit if weather is excessively wet and/or cold, and that’s not advisable.
- Do continue to change your air filter. Even if your AC isn’t getting as much action as it does during the summer months, keeping a fresh filter in is the best way to keep your system running at its best, and will therefore make it last longer and work more efficiently when you do need it.
- Do keep shrubs, trees, weeds, and grasses trimmed and away from your AC unit. Not only can these limit evaporation of moisture (leading to damage over time) but they can also hinder air flow, which will make your system work harder and burn more energy when trying to cool your home.
- Do continue scheduling tune-ups and maintenance appointments as needed. Don’t put off “check-ups” for your HVAC system just because summer has passed us by for the year. Making sure all elements of your AC are working at full capacity is important all year long, as you don’t want to be caught off guard without air once the temps go back up again.
For all of your AC repair and maintenance needs, Ridge Energy Savers is here for you. We are proud to serve the greater Polk County area with only the best in HVAC services, from purchase and installation, to maintenance packages (including filter changes) to help you stay cool.