Ways to Protect Your HVAC from Winter Weather

Ways to Protect Your HVAC from Winter WeatherWinter in Corpus Christi isn’t as harsh as in other areas of the United States, but winter weather can still negatively impact your HVAC system. As you use your HVAC system this winter, keep the following winter weather protection tips in mind:

Clear Ice Buildup from Your HVAC Unit

Heavy ice buildup can block airflow to the HVAC unit, preventing it from operating properly. For maximum winter weather protection, clear away any ice and debris buildup from around the unit and maintain a 2-foot clearance around the entire unit

Don’t Cover Your HVAC Unit

You may think that covering your HVAC unit will help prevent ice, leaves and debris buildup. However, covering your unit could do more harm than good. Throwing a cover over your HVAC unit can leave it susceptible to moisture buildup, which could cause internal components to rust or corrode.

A covered HVAC unit also provides a safe haven for rodents and other small animals in search of a warm and dry place to nest. These animals can also wreak havoc on HVAC wiring and insulation while gathering nesting material.

Avoid Thermostat Setbacks During Extreme Temperatures

Thermostat setbacks are usually the way to go when you want to save energy while you’re away from home. But during times of extreme cold, however, setting your thermostat back can make it harder to bring your home up to temperature. In addition, the extra workload can also add wear and tear to your HVAC system.

Have a Professional Inspect Your HVAC System

A cursory check of your HVAC system performed by a seasoned professional can help keep your unit running at peak condition. A thorough inspection also lets your HVAC technician spot minor problems before they evolve into more serious issues.

If you want to know more about winter weather protection for your HVAC system or to schedule an appointment for your next service, contact us at CCAC today. We proudly offer our heating and cooling installation and maintenance services throughout the Coastal Bend.

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