Your Heating And Cooling List: All Of The Things You Need To Do This Fall

Unfortunately it's that time of year already. Summer is drawing to a close, which means it's time to start the prep for fall and then winter. You may remember to pack away the kids' pool, the bikinis, and summer shorts. After all, no one needs these items during the cold months; but, how many homeowners look at how to maintain their portable AC during the winter?

Here's a handy shutdown list to make sure you won't be needing repairs for your portable air conditioner when it's time to use it again next year.

1. Whatever you're doing - always make sure you unplug the unit before doing anything.

2. Prep your work area. Air conditioning units usually have a bit of water in them as they build up condensation. This is completely normal, but if you're attempting to clean and move your unit, you should protect the surrounding area with an old towel.

3. Clean and change all of the air intake filters. Small particles are sucked into the filters all through the summer. Bits of dust, pollen, pet fur, hair, etc. collect in the filters and cause the air to be less clean. Over the winter, these things can get damp and stick to the unit; and, far worse than that, when in use, these particles can become a fire hazard.

4. Make sure the condensation tray is clean and dry. By disinfecting the condensation trays, you stop harmful bacteria, mold, and mildew from growing and then being blown through your home.

5. If your AC unit isn't fixed to the walls, store it somewhere clean and dry. An attic space often changes temperature a lot, so it isn't ideal for electronics.

6. For fixed units on walls - if you do want to go ahead and take them down, make sure you have help as they're very heavy. Contact air conditioning services for more help.

7. If you're not able to remove your AC unit because it's too heavy or fixed to the ground, or you don't have room to store it elsewhere, protect it with a winter cover after cleaning the inside and filters.

8. Don't store an AC unit on its side as it has oils inside. You don't want oils to run into areas they shouldn't be in. This could be a problem when you switch them on, and then your air conditioning unit could need a repair.

By following these steps, you will ensure your AC is in the best condition when summer comes. Now contact a repair contractor to inspect your system to ensure you're ready to go for upcoming fall and winter seasons.