High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Air Conditioning Maintenance You Should Perform to Prepare for Winter

Construction & Contractors Blog

The changing of the seasons means that it is time for homeowners to get their homes prepared for cooler weather.  Of course, one of the main elements of your home that will need to be transitioned is your air conditioning and heating system. If winter is soon approaching, you may be wondering what, if anything, you should do to prepare your air conditioning for the upcoming cold weather. Get to know some of the air conditioning maintenance steps that you should take to ensure that your air conditioner is ready for the winter so that you can get started as soon as possible.

Clean the Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

If you want your air conditioner to function properly again in the spring, you will want to make sure that your outdoor air conditioning unit is well-maintained and cared for. During the fall, a part of this process is to clean your outdoor air conditioning unit.

You will want to do this well in advance of your first hard freeze so that no water remains in the outdoor unit to freeze and cause damage. Clean the outside of the unit as well as the fan housed within that outdoor unit. This will prevent dirt and other debris from causing damage to any of the components of your air conditioning unit.

It is beneficial throughout the fall season to clean around the outdoor air conditioning unit as well. You do not want leaves, branches, trash, or other debris to accumulate around your air conditioning unit or to blow into it throughout the winter months. The more clear the area around the air conditioner is, the better.

Shut off the Circuit to Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

Once you are sure that you are done using your air conditioning for the season, you will want to find the circuit to the outdoor unit. It is usually a small box near the unit itself. Once the circuit is located, you can simply switch the circuit to off.

This step works to prevent your air conditioner from being unintentionally switched on during the winter. If this were to happen, the outdoor air conditioning unit could accumulate moisture which would then freeze once the unit was turned off again. This could cause serious damage to your whole HVAC system and require costly repairs and even replacements.

Now that you know a few of the steps that you should take to prepare your air conditioner for winter, you can be sure that you are doing everything in your power to keep your HVAC system running properly all year long. For more tips, talk to an HVAC contractor like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

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6 October 2016