What To Do With Your Window Air Conditioner In Fall And Winter

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21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902
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What To Do With Your Window Air Conditioner In Fall and Winter

With the leaves starting to change colors and the daily temperatures slowly starting to dwindle, it’s obvious that fall is truly upon us – that means it’s time to take out your window air conditioner and stash it away for next year! However, although this may seem like a simple task, before you say good-bye for good there are a few things you must take care of so that you can rest assured knowing it will be ready for you next season; here’s what we recommend:

 

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How To Secure Your Window Air Conditioner

Airtech of Stamford
21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 323-3959

While some homeowners choose to remove their window air conditioners once the cold weather sets in, others may opt for keeping it in year round to avoid the hassle of needed to re-install it every summer. However, for those that choose this approach, it becomes even more important that the unit is secured properly to ensure that it doesn’t become loose or worse – fall out – when harsh winter weather conditions arise.

So, which of the above do you prefer to do? If you plan on keeping your window unit in during the next few seasons, here are a few tips to help you make sure it’s secure:

How to secure your window air conditioner

Use an air conditioner mounting bracket: Even if your air conditioner is on the first floor, you may benefit from installing an air conditioner mounting bracket. Although your unit may be screwed into the window from the inside, this piece of equipment can provide added protection on the outside as it gives the back of the air conditioner something to rest on. Not to mention, the fact that these brackets are typically attached to the house gives your air conditioner another source of strength to hold it up.

Double check the accordions: If over the course of the summer you only used your air conditioner’s accordions to seal the open space and didn’t secure them directly to the windows, you’ll want to do so now. But before you start making any holes in the window, refer to your air conditioner’s instructions as they may outline the exact way in which this should be done – including which type of screws or other tools are best to use.

Tighten the window locking bracket: Once you’re sure that the air conditioner isn’t going to move, you’ll need to make sure that the window won’t either – this is where the window locking bracket comes in. Even if you haven’t noticed any movement over the summer, wind, rain and snow from fall and winter could place more stress on your unit, so you must be able to guarantee that your window can hold it in place.

Do you have any other tips that you use to keep your air conditioner in place all 365 days of the year? If so, be sure to let us know on our Facebook or Twitter page!

For over 50 years, we at Airtech of Stamford have been providing exceptional HVAC services to Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan customers. To learn more about how we can help you with your air conditioning system, please visit www.airtech-hvac.com or call (203) 323-3959.

How To Cover Your Air Conditioner At The End Of Summer

Airtech of Stamford
21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 323-3959
How To Cover Your Air Conditioner

So the time has come to start thinking about what needs to be done with your air conditioner to protect it during the fall and winter seasons. Do you know where to start? One thing’s for sure, you’ll want to cover it once it’s no longer in use to prevent fall and winter weather from causing any harm. 


But what’s the best way to do so? Although you may be tempted to wrap it in a material like plastic as this seems like a pretty hassle-free job, this is a method you’ll want to avoid. Why? Wrapping it in this way can lead to rust. Even if you’ve wrapped your unit to the point where you are completely confident it is as tight as can be, it will never be airtight – that means moisture can get trapped between your unit and the covering. Not to mention, having a tarp-like material may seem inviting to outdoor critters, and unfortunately, if they find their way in, they could do some serious damage.

All that being said, one of the best ways to cover your air conditioner at the end of the summer season is to use plywood. And the best part is, you only need to cover the top! By covering your system in this way, you can protect your unit from being harmed by icicles, leaves, snow and all other seasonal debris – that’s what really matters!

For more information on this topic, check out this article from the Family Handyman.

At Airtech of Stamford, we want you to rest assured knowing that your air conditioner is protected properly before the cold weather sets in. If you’re located in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien or New Canaan, Connecticut and have questions about your cooling unit, including how to prepare it for reduced temps, please give us a call at (203) 323-3959. In addition to helping you prep for the upcoming seasons, we can also perform any repairs where necessary if your system experienced a lot of wear and tear this summer!