Winterizing Your HVAC System


Even though temperatures have been soaring lately, winter will be here soon, so you should start to think about winterizing your HVAC system. The best time is in early fall before the weather gets too cold. There are some things you can do yourself, but others require assistance from a professional.

How to Get Your AC Unit Ready for Winter

If you have an outdoor air conditioning unit, you can take some steps to get it ready for winter. Shut off the power supply to keep the air conditioner from turning on if there is a warm day during the winter. If the AC turned on, water could get into the coils and then freeze when the temperature dropped later.

Remove any debris from on and around the unit to avoid attracting animals. Spray the unit with a hose or wipe it with a wet cloth to remove dirt, dust, and insects. It’s best to do this on a relatively warm and sunny day so the unit can dry quickly and completely.

Surround the pipes with tubular foam or rubber pipe insulation so they won’t freeze in the winter. Then cover the outdoor AC unit with a waterproof cover recommended by the manufacturer. During the winter, check the outdoor unit regularly and remove snow, ice, leaves, and branches when necessary.

Have Your Furnace Inspected and Stock up on Fuel

Many homeowners overlook furnace maintenance and find themselves facing major problems in the winter, including dangerously cold indoor temperatures and frozen pipes. You should have your furnace inspected before winter so any problems can be addressed now before you need to use it.

A routine inspection can help your HVAC system function efficiently and keep your heating costs down throughout the winter. Identifying and fixing any problems will allow the furnace to heat your house evenly so you won’t have some rooms or parts of rooms that are colder than other areas. Regular maintenance can also help your furnace last many years, so you won’t need to worry about replacing it soon.

Contact Arbor Energy

Arbor Energy can send a qualified technician to your Connecticut home to thoroughly inspect the HVAC system and make sure everything is working properly. Any damaged or broken parts will be replaced so your system won’t break down when you need it most. Arbor Energy can also deliver oil or propane as needed throughout the winter so you won’t need to worry about checking your fuel levels and calling to request a delivery. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for an HVAC inspection and to set up regular fuel deliveries.