Protecting your HVAC from the elements is something that many don't always give a second thought to. However, given that most air conditioning units are outside and exposed to the elements, making sure they are protected can be massively beneficial.
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A well-protected and cared for the air conditioning unit means that you can be sure your air conditioning is working as it should be all year round and help you avoid excessive bills due to faults in the system.
Weather Proof your Air Conditioning Unit
Depending on the region you live in, the unit itself will come into contact with many different elements year-round if you live close to the sea and in an environment with more coastal factors than areas more inland. It is worth investing in an air conditioning cover that will protect from the elements and resist rusting and damage from exposure to salty air. Installing coastal air conditioning can give your unit added protection. The same goes for if you live in a region where temperatures can fluctuate massively over the course of the year.
Enclosing it in a weatherproof case can limit the damage caused by the weather.
Where you place your unit can be limited due to the flow of the equipment into your home. While you may not always be able to put the unit in an appropriate place, you can choose what you surround your unit with.
Putting a shade around your unit will give you protection from the weather or external issues and situations that cause damage to your air conditioning. Whether you choose to build a shelter around the unit itself- you can choose to use metal or plywood to make the cover. Or you can choose to use foliage to create a shaded area that gives coverage where you need it the most.
Alarm or Locks
Not all damage is done by the weather or external conditions. In some cases, the damage is caused by accidents or those wishing to cause harm to other people's property or even steal the unit or parts. Installing locks on any covers or casings you have in place can make it harder for people to steal pieces or cause damage to your air conditioning unit. An alarm on the container can alert you to anything coming in contact with the unit in real-time allowing you to check for damage right away or deter those potentially looking to damage or steal the unit from your property.
When you purchase your air conditioning unit, the company will most likely offer you a deal for regular servicing on the unit to ensure everything is working correctly. While this may seem like an extra expense, it is worth considering.
Replacing damaged or worn parts or fixing faults can be costly. Especially if you haven't had it serviced before or you have an older model. Choosing to upkeep regular service and maintenance checks will help you identify any issues or potential problems quickly and repair them before the job gets too big or expensive or indeed, rendered unusable altogether.
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Protecting Your Air Conditioning Unit
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