4 Effective Tips to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Winter

As winter approaches, the last thing you might think about is your air conditioner. However, preparing your air conditioning system is crucial for maintaining a comfortable home environment throughout the colder months. In this post, we have put together a list of 4 effective tips to help you prepare your air conditioner for the winter months.

1. Clean or Replace the Filters

A clean filter is crucial for clean air quality and the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Filters clogged with dust and debris can impair airflow and reduce system efficiency, forcing your unit to work harder and use more energy. This extra strain not only increases your energy bills but can also lead to premature wear and tear. Before winter starts, clean or replace your air conditioner’s filters to facilitate smooth airflow and maintain healthy indoor air quality. We recommend cleaning your filter once a year, however, for homes with pets or high dust levels, consider more frequent cleaning to ensure optimal performance. Check out our simple and easy to follow DIY videos on how to clean the filter in your ducted or wall split air conditioner:

2. Clear the Area Around Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit of your air conditioner needs clear surroundings to function efficiently. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can obstruct airflow and reduce your system’s efficiency, leading to increased energy usage and potential system damage. Before the winter season sets in, take time to clear any debris around the unit. This not only facilitates better airflow but also makes it easier for any maintenance or emergency service that might be needed during the cold months. Additionally, if your air conditioning outdoor unit close to walls, obstructions or fences, consider investing in Air diverters. Air diverters are designed to direct air up and away from any obstruction allowing hot air in summer and cool air in winter to be recirculated. The result, more efficient operation and decreased running costs of the outdoor unit!

3. Inspect the Controller

Your air conditioning controller plays a crucial role in maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home. Before winter arrives, it might seem obvious to switch your air conditioner to heating mode, but it’s essential to double check. Heating mode is often represented as a sun icon, with cooling as a snowflake icon. We recommend running your air conditioner on heating mode and high fan speed at a temperature between 20°C to 23°C.

Additionally, ensuring your controller operates correctly is essential for maintaining your desired comfort level efficiently. If your controller is outdated, malfunctioning, or has a flat battery, it may not accurately read temperatures, leading to unnecessary heating cycles and increased energy consumption. Upgrading to a smart controller offers convenience and efficiency by automatically adjusting temperatures based on your routine, which can significantly reduce energy use during winter when heating needs increase. Additionally, a benefit of most modern air conditioning controllers is that you can download an app for your mobile phone and remotely control your air conditioner. This allows you to turn on/off the air conditioner, along with switching the fan speed too as shown below on the AirTouch 5. Perfect for improving efficiency and creating the ideal comfort!

4. Schedule a Professional Service

Just like a car, your air conditioner needs regular servicing to operate at its best. A professional service can identify and address issues that may not be visible to the untrained eye, such as refrigerant levels, electrical connections, and system controls. Scheduling a professional maintenance service with Ford & Doonan before winter ensures that your system is in top condition, ready to handle the colder weather efficiently. Regular maintenance not only extends the life of your unit but also prevents unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs.

In Summary

Properly preparing your air conditioner for winter can lead to significant benefits, including improved energy efficiency, enhanced comfort, and prolonged unit lifespan. By following these expert tips, you can ensure your air conditioning system is well-maintained and ready to keep your home comfortable throughout the winter months. Remember, preventative care is the key to avoiding unexpected breakdowns and ensuring your system runs efficiently year-round!