Winter is approaching in Alabama and it’s time to protect your equipment with heating and air winterization. Although our winters are relatively mild, it’s best to take the precautions to ensure your family’s comfort. Contact KS Services for expert assistance from our NATE-certified technicians to care for your HVAC equipment properly.
Heating and Air Winterization for Air Conditioners
Come fall and winter, it’s time to give your air conditioner a break. Heating and air winterization for your cooling system protects your equipment from damage over the winter season so it’s ready to serve you come spring.
Heating and Air Winterization steps for air conditioners include:
- Clean your exterior unit. Take the time to remove all debris from your air conditioner’s exterior components. Turn off power before performing this maintenance. Brush away debris such as leaves and grass clippings from the fins and grill. Carefully remove any branches or twigs stuck between them. Use a hose to gently wash away dirt and debris.
- Clear the area. As you’re packing away patio and outdoor furniture for the winter season, make sure the area near your air conditioner does not become a storage spot. Never store outdoor items around your air conditioning unit. Additionally, if there is vegetation growing up around the unit or shrubbery encroaching, take time to trim and clear it back.
- Check your gutters. Clogged or improperly routed or pitched gutters can send water from rain and snow melt dripping down onto your exterior air conditioner. This water can freeze within your unit, causing damage to components.
- Cover your unit. Cover the top of your exterior air conditioner for the winter to keep out debris and discourage rodents from nesting. Check with your air conditioner manufacturer to see if a cover is recommended. In most cases, a piece of plywood held by a brick or two provides protection from debris and rodents entry points. Be sure to monitor it for excess moisture, though. Don’t accidentally create an opportunity for trapped moisture and mold.
Heating and Air Winterization for Heating Systems
Heating and air winterization for heating systems focuses on getting your equipment ready to serve you over the colder months. Steps you should take include:
- Schedule a preventative maintenance tune-up. Have your heating system professionally serviced by our NATE-certified technicians to ensure superior performance over the winter season. Our technicians thoroughly examine your system, identify performance or repair issues for correction, and provide the care the system needs. This counteracts wear and tear to improve energy efficiency and performance over the winter.
- Change your air filter. Your furnace’s filter should be changed on a regular basis. How often depends on the frequency recommended by your manufacturer and household factors. Before winter, visually examine your filter – if it’s gray and caked with debris, change it now.
- Clear the area. Never store items in the area surrounding your furnace, as this is a fire hazard. Keep the 6-foot area around your furnace clear if it’s installed in an open area. If you have a smaller utility closet, never store items near the furnace. Keep all combustible materials in another location.
KS Services for All Your Heating and Air Needs – All Year Long
KS Services is here to assist with all your heating and air winterization needs. Contact us today and our NATE-certified technicians will properly care for your equipment so it’s ready for the seasons to come.
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