Your air conditioning unit is what keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, so the last thing you want it to do is to stop working when you need it most.
Whether your air conditioning helps keep your office staff warm and cosy on the coldest of days, or enables school pupils to do their best without having to keep their coats on in lessons, you need it to give you a whole season of faultless performance.
As winter approaches, there are certain steps you can take both now and throughout the coming months, to ensure your air conditioning system performs at is best during the colder weather.
Set it right: Making sure your unit only comes on when it is needed, and is turned off when it is not, is an essential part of keeping it in tip top condition. Ensure you fully understand how it works, and then take care to set it correctly to the appropriate temperatures and times that you require.
Give it a clean: This may sound bizarre, but washing the air conditioning unit with a hose will remove any dust and dirt, dead insects and bird droppings which have managed to find their way inside during the warmer weather.
You should also take care to remove any autumn leaves, branches and bits of grass which have accumulated over the summer months. Once your unit is spick and span again, allow it to dry out properly before turning it back on.
Cover it: All outdoor air conditioning units should be covered with a vinyl or plastic covering – preferably one specially designed for the purpose. This will keep out any debris which could damage the unit, and will also stop rain from entering – water inside the unit could freeze during a cold spell. Your cover should be properly secured so it will not blow away during high winds. You could tie the cover on using rope or bungee cords.
Insulate pipes: Any exposed pipes connected to your unit should be insulated using foam pipe covers, which can be cut to size and secured with waterproof tape. This insulation will stop the pipes from freezing up in the colder weather, which could be catastrophic for your unit.
Keep snow away: If it turns cold, make sure you remove any snow or ice that is lying on top of your air conditioning unit. You should check your unit regularly during the winter to ensure it has not been damaged by the colder weather.
Get it maintained: Perhaps the best way to ensure your air conditioning unit works properly at all times is to get it regularly maintained by the professionals. They will be able to pick up any problems well before they manifest themselves, and give you plenty of guidance on how best to keep your unit working at its best for years to come. Sign up for a regular maintenance plan, and you will be getting peace of mind all year round.