Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips for Winter in Florida
Living in Florida has some major perks. Summers are sunny and winters are – sunny. While Florida winters are mild and often short-lived, it doesn’t mean you should skip proper winter air conditioner maintenance. In fact, if you don’t prepare, you may find out how uncomfortable Florida winters can be.
In this article, we’ll walk you through how to prepare your AC for winter in Florida!
Change the AC Filter
When was the last time you changed your AC filter? If you run your system often – and most of us Floridians blast it daily – you need to change the AC filter on a regular basis. The purpose of the filter is to make sure your home has healthy air and has proper airflow. It also helps to protect your system from an expensive breakdown.
When you change the filter regularly, you are helping to reduce your energy costs!
Not sure how often to change your filter? That depends on the type of filter you have – along with its MERV rating. If you are not sure how often you should clean your filter, contact your local AC company to ask them about helping you set up a regular air conditioner maintenance schedule.
Check the Outdoor AC Unit
Your outdoor AC unit needs to be clean and clear of debris. When your system draws in air, it’s inevitable that it will also collect leaves, grass, and sometimes garbage. This puts a strain on the AC unit and can even cause permanent damage if left to accumulate.
Be sure you take some time to check and clean the inner coils, exterior casings, and other AC components before the weather turns cold. By cleaning the unit, you can feel confident it will continue working efficiently when you need it. This process is often done by air conditioner maintenance professionals – so it may be best to contact a trusted AC company for this type of maintenance.
Check the Thermostat
Whether it’s summer or winter, it’s a good idea to develop a schedule to maintain the temperature and humidity of your home. Your thermostat will help your AC function more efficiently and will also save you from overspending on energy costs! A programmable thermostat lets you set the humidity and temperature to your schedule.
You may also want to consider a thermostat upgrade. Smart thermostats offer an array of benefits that will help you take control of your indoor comfort. You can speak to your AC technician about installing this device and enjoy all the benefits offered by smart thermostat technology.
Install a Heat Pump
If it’s time for a new AC unit and furnace, a heat pump is an energy-efficient way to heat your home during cool Florida winters. Heat pumps use outside air to heat your home by moving warm air to where it is needed most. Heat pumps are alternatives to furnaces and air conditioners that can be used year-round.
Call an Air Conditioner Maintenance Company
During the winter months, you may not use your air conditioner very often – but you still need to be on the lookout for any unusual behavior. Strange sounds, smells, or other issues are all indications that your AC needs service or repairs. Keep this in mind and call the professionals if you notice any of these problems.
Your air conditioner works hard to keep you comfortable – after all, Florida isn’t called The Sunshine State for nothing. Because of this, you need to ensure that your AC unit is properly cared for and maintained throughout the year – even during the winter months.
Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning is a full-service heating and air conditioning company and a Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer in Central Florida. Whether you need repair, maintenance or installation of a new heating or cooling system, we provide efficient, cost-effective and professional service. When it’s hot, call Scott!Tags: A/C maintenance tips, AC maintenance, air conditioner maintenance, planned maintenance, preventive maintenance