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Your heating and cooling winter checklist

HVAC units are designed to be tough. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do everything you can to protect your investment from harsh weather conditions. As we all know, making sure that your furnace and air conditioner are always in the best condition is particularly important to residents who live in Mississauga and throughout the GTA.


It’s never too early to start preparing your heating and cooling systems for another Mississauga winter. Here are six points to have on your winter preparation checklist:


Preparing your furnace


Clean and inspect filters and ducts
One of the easiest tasks you can do is to inspect your furnace and ducts to make sure everything is clean and intact before you need them. Dust, debris, or any cracks can lead to a loss of efficiency for your system. Any dirty filters should be cleaned or replaced to ensure proper functioning.
Furnace Tune-up
Having a maintenance done on your furnace is essential, by getting your furnace maintain you'll maintain the maximum efficiency rating, getting all sensors cleaned on your furnace prevent malfunctioning in the middle of a cold snap and prevents high cost of service calls in a cold winter night.
Check carbon-monoxide detectors
Keeping your loved ones safe should always be your first priority. Even if you think everything is in working order, ventilation problems can still exist. You should regularly check that your carbon-monoxide detectors are functioning properly to detect any problems.

Protecting your air conditioner


Protection can be beautiful
Don’t wait for the temperature to change to start protecting your AC unit. Planting trees or bushes around your unit in the summer can make your yard more beautiful and help shelter your AC from wind and snow in the winter. Be sure to consult with a professional before planting to be sure that they don’t obstruct your unit’s ventilation.
Clean your air conditioner
Leaves and grass will probably find their way into your air conditioning unit during the summer. Be sure to clean your AC before you cover it. This not only helps it work efficiently but also prevents debris from rotting in your unit and attracting unwanted bugs and mice trying to find shelter from the cold.
Have the right stuff
You should never cover your AC unit for the winter with plastic. One of the biggest threats to the more sensitive parts of your air-conditioning unit is moisture. Water changes between liquid and solid states with the temperature. That expansion and contraction inside your AC can cause a lot of damage. That’s why it’s essential to have a breathable cover for your air conditioning unit, releasing the moisture inside but preventing snow and ice from getting in.

Keeping your loved ones safe should always be your first priority. Even if you think everything is in working order, ventilation problems can still exist. You should regularly check that your carbon-monoxide detectors are functioning properly to detect any problems.

There’s a lot you can do to be sure you’re ready for winter and a little preparation each year is better than an emergency. However, there’s no replacement for a professional consultation to check your heating and cooling systems. Contact us at Aire One Heating & Cooling in Mississauga so we can help you keep your family safe and comfortable all year round.

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