Winter can be brutal up here in the Northland. Way up here, winter is just no joke. If you aren’t prepared, it will simply kick your butt. As soon as I turn off the air conditioning at the end of summer, I call the HVAC guy to come out and tune up the furnace. I do not fool around because I want that furnace on point when the temps drop precipitously. And, that’s how it happens. It gets cooler through the fall and then WHAM, the next thing you know it’s snowing. And then, that whole routine starts up again. I go out and cover up the HVAC condenser unit to be sure the A/C is protected from the snow and ice. This is a simple detail many of my neighbors just skip. But, it is actually quite important to cover the outside A/C component through the winter. This keeps ice and snow from sitting directly on fan blades. It also mitigates all the freezing and thawing on important parts. I have even had a large icicle fall on the condenser which could have penetrated the grill had the cover not stopped it. I add this component to the list as I do my snow patrol. While I’m out clearing away snow and ice from the driveway and sidewalks, I zip around the house. It’s important not to allow accumulated snow and ice to just lay on the compressor cabinet. It’s equally important to be sure that when Spring comes around, the A/C is good to go.