When fall comes, the last thing you likely want to do is winterize your HVAC unit. However, taking the time to winterize your HVAC unit can end up saving you thousands of dollars. Also, the entire process doesn’t take much time or effort. Below, we will be discussing some of the top ways to winterize your HVAC unit properly.
Top Ways To Winterize Your HVAC Unit:
- Shut Off The Circuit
The main thing that you want to remember is to shut off your unit prior to performing any sort of maintenance on it. It is crucial to shut off the circuit when attempting to perform any kind of maintenance because it can pose a significant hazard if you fail to do so. Typically, an HVAC unit will have a lid nearby the outdoor system which has a traditional on/off switch. By switching off the unit, it will power it down.
You want to make sure to disconnect the system completely because the machine can still potentially pick up electricity over the winter months as any other appliance. To ensure that it doesn’t pick up any electricity, you need to disconnect the switch at the unit and/or flip the breaker switch to ‘off.’
- Get a Cover and Keep It Clean
When it comes to prepping your unit for the winter, you want to be sure to invest in a quality cover for your unit. The cover is designed to help keep your unit completely dry. You will want to first clean your entire unit thoroughly. Try to make sure there is nothing blocking the bottom of the unit or the vents on the actual unit itself. You want to completely remove any sort of sticks or leaves surrounding your unit because it can make your unit an attractive place to nest for small animals. Once you finish cleaning your unit, make sure it is completely dry prior to covering it.
- Extra Protection
If you really want to protect your unit during the winter months, you can create a sort of DIY solution which will allow you to provide added protection to your unit during the harsh months. Simply purchase and cut down a piece of wood to the exact specifications of your unit and place the cut-down wood on the top of your unit. This will ultimately prevent buildup in your unit while you are cleaning up and covering everything else up. To keep this wood covering in place, you can simply use heavy bricks on top of the board to keep the board in place even during heavy wind storms. Once this is in place, you will be able to fully cover the unit again with your HVAC protector.
- Making It Safe
Once you have finished covering your unit, you will want to be sure to protect your unit’s pipes from potential damage. The best way to successfully do this is by investing in and using foam pipe covers. Luckily, you can find these covers available at just about any …Read More