Winter is just around the corner! Are you ready?
The first polar vortex is moving through this week! Although these temperatures are “old hat” to people further north, it can catch people a little further south off guard. Make sure you stay on your toes this winter to protect your home, and your HVAC equipment, from damage caused by snow and ice!
Of course you’re never going to be able to protect your outdoor equipment from ALL kinds of winter damage, but you can avoid a few of them by following some simple steps.
If you run a heat pump during the winter…make sure the unit has proper airflow. Remember, both air conditioners and heat pumps rely on an uninhibited airflow in order to work properly and efficiently. Your heat pump won’t be able to do that if it is encased in ice or covered in snow!
When warmer temperatures come back…have your contractor come out and inspect the outdoor components of your HVAC system. The snow and ice may have knocked something lose, damaged a component or deposited debris into your condenser! It’s also just a good idea to get your cooling system inspected before you switch to cooling mode.
Are you prepared for winter? If you think that something may have happened to your equipment during a snow or ice storm, make sure you contact a local heating and air conditioning contractor – never DIY!