Air conditioners are important year-round: they keep your home cool during even the boiling Minnesota summers and keep the cold at bay during the winter.
But they can only work as well as they are maintained.
Here are three things you should do to get your air conditioning unit ready for winter:
1. Schedule a tune-up
Extreme summer temperature can do a number of air conditioners, and you don’t want any problems to build up over winter.
Having a professional check the coolant, mechanisms, and coils before winter sets in means you don’t have to worry about getting it serviced in the spring or run the risk of a poorly functioning unit.
2. Clear the outdoor unit
Falling leaves clutter up a yard and can do a number on your gutters, but they can cause even more problems around your outdoor condenser unit.
Make sure the vents are free from obstructions so the air can pass through easily. You should also call in a professional who can clean and inspect the inside of the unit for worn motors, damage, or signs that animals may be trying to use it for shelter.
3. Get your attic vents inspected
If you have gas-powered appliances, having clear ventilation is essential.
When you have a contractor inspect the air conditioning unit inside and out, also ask them to take a look at your ventilation.
They can check for loose flashing, clogged vents, and any improvements that can help with your home’s winter air quality.
Keeping your air conditioning unit and ventilation ready for the seasons is important not only for keeping your energy bill low but for keeping your house safe.
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