Winter is still months away. But with fall quickly approaching in Glencoe, Illinois, it’s time to start thinking about the switch from cooling to heating. Follow this handy guide to prepare your home’s air conditioner for the winter.

Things to Do in the Fall

One of the first things you should do is cover any exposed exterior pipes with foam. This will help keep the pipes from freezing when the temperatures drop. Simply cut the foam to fit the length and diameters of the pipes, then use duct tape to secure it. Since the foam can remain on the pipes year-round, you can check off this task as early as you want.

Once you’re ready to switch to full-time heating mode, head outdoors to turn your AC unit off. Most units have a plastic or metal lid that covers the electrical circuit; open the panel and flip the switch. Turning your system off will keep it from kicking on during an unseasonably warm day, which would leave water in the unit that could freeze.

Next, clean the outdoor unit. Over time, leaves, sticks, dirt, dead bugs, bird droppings and more can build up on the unit. Clear off any debris, and wash the unit with a hose. When you’re done, cover the unit with a vinyl or plastic cover. If necessary, you can use bungee cords or vinyl ropes to make sure the cover stays on tight.

Things to Do in the Winter

By the time winter rolls around, you should have completed all of the winterization steps outlined above. Now you can sit back, relax and stay warm. The only maintenance your outdoor AC unit requires during the winter is a periodic checkup. Every week or so, check the outdoor unit. Make sure the cover is still secure, and brush off any debris, snow, water or ice that has built up.

Another critical step to preparing for the colder months is to schedule HVAC maintenance for your heating system. Call Robert Heating & Air Conditioning at 847-272-5836 to schedule your fall HVAC maintenance.

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