Winter time can be brutal up here in the Northwest. Way up here, Winter time is just no joke. If you aren’t prepared, it will simply kick your butt. As soon as I turn off the AC at the end of summer, I call the heating and air conditioning contractor to come out and tune up the gas boiler. I do not fool around; I want that gas boiler 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 guess it’s snowing. And then, that whole routine starts up again. I go out and cover up the heating and air conditioning condenser component to be sure the AC is protected from the snow and ice. This is a simple detail many of my seaside neighbors just skip. But, it is actually quite important to cover the outside AC component through the winter. This keeps ice and snow from sitting directly on fan blades. It also mitigates all the chilly and thawing on important parts. I have even had a big 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 beach house. It’s important not to allow accumulated snow and ice to just lay on the compressor. It’s equally important to be sure that when Springtime comes around, the AC is good to go.