- September 14, 2020
- Posted by: yoursemteam
- Category: Stay Informed
Do It Yourself in Preparing for Winter
The outdoor or central air conditioner keeps your home cool in the summer. During the winter months it is important to winterize your AC unit; snow and ice can cause damage if it is not protected. The Department of Energy reports that winterizing your AC unit can affect your expenses. It is possible to reduce your bill by 25%, simply by winterizing your unit each fall.
Winterizing your AC unit can be done in a day and you do can it yourself! Here is what you will need:
- Work gloves
- Rags or cloths
- Garden hose
- Outdoor air conditioning unit cover, tubular foam or rubber pipe insulation
- Hedge clippers or weed trimmers
- Dish soap
- The first step is to clean around the AC unit. Be sure to check the interior of the unit for any debris.
- Shut off the power.
- Remove any debris and then use a mild dish soap to rinse off inside and outside the unit. Be sure to wash the coils as they get greasy. You will need to remove the access panel to reach the interior.
- Cut the foam or rubber insulation to fit around the pipes. Covering the pipes will prevent them from freezing. The insulation can be attached to the pipes with plastic ties. If you do not want to cover the pipes individually you can purchase an outdoor air conditioning unit cover.
- After your unit has been prepped for winter, be sure to keep removing snow, ice and debris as it accumulates. Leaves, branches, dirt, rocks, and even small animals may gather around the unit during the winter months.
Once the weather begins to warm, simply remove the cover and insulation. It is recommended to have your unit regularly serviced to avoid larger issues from occurring leaving your sweltering on hot days.