Smart Systems for Off-Season Storage
Put down that window unit! Placing air conditioners, space heaters, and humidifiers on dollies, which serve as both transport and support, turns a labor of lug into a smooth operation. Plus, if they’re bound for the garage or the basement, that bit of elevation can prevent damage from dampness and minor flooding. Clean appliance exteriors with all-purpose wipes, and dry thoroughly. Replace filters so you start the next season fresh. (You can wash reusable filters in equal parts white vinegar and warm water.) Then tuck each unit in a vinyl bag to protect against dust, and set it on a dolly. If you can, store the machine in the closet of its assigned room; reinstallation will be a breeze.
To buy: Shepherd Hardware movers’ dolly, $24, acehardware.com. Frost King outside-window air-conditioning cover (not shown), $5.50, lowes.com.
Also good for: Large, heavy planters; bags of potting mix.