Weekend Projects

This Weekend: Remove One Of Your Home’s Biggest Eyesores

updated Jul 18, 2020
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Do you have a love/hate thing with your window A/C unit? Love overfloweth when it’s hell hot in the summer, and then the hate kicks in during winter when it’s nothing but an ugly appliance that lets in cold air. Let yourself get excited when it’s finally time to either: a) remove it from the window entirely; or b) cover that baby and forget about it for awhile.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Put your home’s cooling systems to bed for the winter.

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Store or Insulate Your Window Unit: The gaps around air conditioner units cause major energy loss. If you’ve got a place to store it, remove your unit entirely from the window before you turn your heat on for the first time this year. If your place is too small, focus on either covering or insulating it for the colder weather ahead.

→ IKEA BILLY Hack: How to Cover Up An Ugly AC Wall Unit

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Tend To Whatever Else You’ve Got: If you rely on an HVAC, or good old fashioned fans, give them a little love. Change your system’s filters, clean portable fans before storing them, reverse the blades on your ceiling fans, and do a general maintenance check up.

5 Tips for Annual Air Conditioner Maintenance → How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. And hey, if you don’t feel like wrestling with a huge a/c unit, choose one of our other weekend projects to get done.

SHOW US YOUR WEEKEND WORK! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.

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Check out the entire 2016 Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access all the Weekend Project ideas and download our October Home Checklist while you’re there. It’s a great, low-pressure way to keep your life running smoothly and maintain a happy & healthy home!