How to Properly Shut Down Your AC

How to Properly Shut Down Your AC

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With fall officially here, we’re going to be expecting some colder weather. This means you’ll be switching over to your heating, but what about your AC? You’re likely not going to use it this winter and there’s the condenser part that’ll be exposed to the snow. To ensure your AC will work next year, you’ll need to know how to properly shut it down. Fortunately, we can give you all the advice you need to be certain you’ll stay cool next summer.

Here’s how you properly shut down your AC for the winter:

 

Fix any damage

Before you begin shutting down your AC, look it over and have us fix any damage it may have. It’s never a good idea to let your AC sit over the winter if it has any damage. If it does, the damage will likely get worse over the winter and become a serious problem when you try to use it next year.

 

Turn off the AC unit’s power

There’s more to shutting down your AC than just turning off the indoor AC unit. It’s connected to a condenser outside, and if that still has power during the winter, it may turn on during a warm spell and suck in ice and snow. To turn off the condenser, go outside and switch the AC unit’s breaker switch off. It’s often located under a flip-up lid near the condenser or on the side of your house. Don’t forget about this switch, because you’ll need to turn it back on when you want to use the AC.

 

Maintain the condenser

With the power off, you should take this moment to give the condenser some maintenance. First, use a broom to sweep away any branches, leaves, or other debris around or on the condenser. Next, wash the condenser’s outside cabinet with a low-pressure hose spray. After that, check to see if the filter needs replacing and ensure the seals on the condenser are tight and don’t look damaged. If there is any damage, let us know the next time you call us.

 

Cover the condenser

When the condenser dries off, cover it with a water-proof cover and secure it with some bungee ropes so it won’t blow away. You can find everything you need to cover the condenser at your local hardware store. If you have a water-proof tarp, that’ll work just as well as the cover as long as it’s secured and can cover the whole condenser.

 

How can One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning help me protect my AC this winter?

At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning Springfield we have the knowledge and expertise to install, maintain, and repair HVAC systems.  Our team of technicians is available for emergency services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and have many appointment options to choose from. Whether you need to schedule a service check, need your existing equipment repaired, or you need a new installation, we can provide you the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions for your household. Call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about how we can prepare you for the winter!

By Brian Renadette

Tips for Keeping Kids Busy When It’s Too Hot Outside

Tips for Keeping Kids Busy When It’s Too Hot Outside

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The summertime temperatures in Springfield, MO can be brutal when you consider heat indexes of over 100 degrees. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids during summer vacation, here are some great ideas.

Indoor Fun

Staying inside with the air conditioning keeps everyone comfortable. If you can’t go anywhere, you may need to get creative to keep the kids entertained. Make a mystery jar with ideas, such as build a fort, create a mural, work a puzzle and other activities that will give you 30 minutes or so of downtime. Pull one out after chores get done.

Springfield offers some great museums and indoor parks where you can keep cool, learn some history and enjoy each other’s company:

 

Get Outdoors

If you’re going to get outside, you’ll want to get away from the concrete jungle and into the great outdoors. The farther you can get from the highways, sidewalks and buildings, the cooler it will feel. Fortunately, Springfield has some wonderful outdoor parks where you can cool off:

Check Local Calendars

Look for special activities at the local library and museums for events that can break up the monotony of your daily routine. Springfieldmo.org has a section on free attractions that won’t break your budget. Many movie houses offer special deals on summer viewing. You may need to do some research to find the activities that will keep your children busy, but it’s time well spent.

Contact us for air conditioning repair in Springfield, MO to keep your home comfortable during even the worst heat wave of summer.

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Beat the Summer Heat With These Cool Ideas

Beat the Summer Heat With These Cool Ideas

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More sunshine and outdoor activities make summer welcoming, but with those perks come unpleasantly high temperatures and humidity levels in Missouri. You don’t have to suffer the whole season, though. There are ways for you to beat the heat in addition to running your air conditioning, so you can still enjoy your summer festivities.

5 Cool Ways To Beat the Summer Heat

  1. First, make sure your air conditioning is working properly. Even if it feels like it’s in perfect order, it may have minor issues that are making it work harder and raising your energy bill. Let us check out your AC, along with your thermostat, to ensure maximum efficiency and savings.
  2. Help your house stay cool by keeping the blinds and drapery closed. For bedrooms that get a lot of sun exposure, consider hanging blackout curtains. Also, try to use heat-producing appliances, such as the dishwasher, during the cooler evening or morning hours.
  3. Falling asleep is difficult when you’re too hot. Put a cold gel or rice pack under your sheets to chill your bed before you get in.
  4. Take a cold shower or bath instead of a hot one. If you have children, play water games outside with them for some simultaneous quality family time and practical heat management. Just be sure to have everyone wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for protection from harmful UV rays.
  5. Drinking glass after glass of water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. Load up on delicious produce with high water content, such as watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, celery, and leafy greens. Eating these will improve your health, too.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you’re ready to cool down, start by scheduling your AC tune-up with One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning today. You can reach us at 417-886-3456 or through our online form. Remember, we are always on time or you don’t pay a dime!

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