As the colors of the leaves change, so too do your priorities for maintaining a comfortable temperature for your home. It’s September now. Chances are it was only a couple weeks ago when you were cranking that A/C like nobody’s business. Now though, it’s prime weather for relying on an open window and a nice breeze for a comfortable home. However, sooner than you’d like you’ll have to start firing up that furnace and dragging the box of mittens and scarves down from the hallway closet.
We’ll be covering this transition for your home’s HVAC needs as the autumn wears on. Today will be…
What to do with my window air conditioner during the cooler months
There are a few options here.
First, you want to assess the quality of the seal between your window and a/c unit. If it’s strong enough to keep the outside air outside, you can consider leaving your unit in the window year long. All you have to do is buy a quality tarp or plastic and cover it from the outside, protecting it from the elements. You will also want to make sure it’s applied so as not to let any drafts in.
This is a good option for a/c users who, for whatever reason, don’t want to deal with the physical rigors of taking the heavy unit out and carrying to the basement, garage, or whathaveyou.
Now, for those capable of taking out your window unit, there are some basic tips to adhere to.
- Make sure you store your window unit upright, meaning the same side that faces the ground while it’s in your window should be the same side your unit rests on for the cold months. Don’t rest it on its side, back, front, or any other way.
- If you store it in your garage, shed, or even underneath your deck, that’s okay–but–remember to tightly wrap it in a tarp or plastic. You don’t want cold critters or bugs making a home inside your air conditioner.
- Do not stack anything on top of your unit. Also, don’t store it where something can fall on it. The coils could be damaged and you certainly don’t want that happening.
Whichever method you choose, make sure it’s in a fashion that keeps your a/c unit safe and your household warm.