Preparing Your HVAC for a South Florida Winter
Let’s set the scene.
It’s wintertime in South Florida and you couldn’t be cozier. You’ve dusted off your layered outfits and thrice-a-year beanie; the weather is lifted out of a postcard of Miami Beach. The nights are cool and still, the days picturesque and rippling with currents of fresh citrus air from the coastal mangroves.
The last thing you’re worried about is your HVAC unit.
Which is, of course, a big mistake—BIG. Your system just survived the hellish heat and humidity of a South Florida summer and could use a little TLC at this point. Even with Florida’s mild (see: beautiful) winters, preparing for the seasonal change drastically reduces risks of urgent repair or total replacement.
Let’s dig into the details a little more.
5 Ways to Prepare Your A/C for South Florida Winter
No. 1 | Seasonal, Professional Maintenance
Didn’t see this coming? Surprise! Once again, it’s important to remember that you should service your system twice a year, every year. This top-grade professional check in includes a smorgasbord of services, including:
- A professional wiring check
- Clearing hard-to-reach drains
- Calibrating your thermostat to true temperature
- Lubricating all moving parts of your unit
- Checking gas and oil connections
Click here to learn more about the Armstrong Preventative Maintenance Agreement!
No. 2 | Change Your Filter
Frankly, this should be done with keen regularity—but especially after a hard season like the summer.
Pet dander, allergens, and more could be clogging your system if your filter hasn’t been changed. Check out this article for more details on the types of filters you can look into (and how long they last).
No. 3 | Clear Debris from Outside Unit
You never know what kind of junk may have fallen into your outside unit! Take the time to clear it of dirt, grime, sticks, leaves and anything else that fell into place.
No. 4 | Check Your Thermostat Batteries
Are they close to kicking the bucket? What about your fire alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, home security system?
This is the perfect time to replace and check on all important sensors around your home.
No. 5 | Clean Internal Unit
Open that access panel inside your home and go wild.
By go wild, we mean check for signs of wear and tear, clear any clogged drains, sniff around for suspicious mildew or rotting aromas.
Armstrong’s Elite Service
We know South Florida and we know maintenance.
Our top-rated techs and dedicated customer service reps are here at all times to keep you cool when it matters—and our extensive 21-point Preventative Maintenance Agreement is an unparalleled way to maximize the performance and life of your A/C.
Schedule an appointment today or call us at 1-800-AC-REPAIR!