Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner During Winter?

Air Conditioner Cover |Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner During Winter?

Once the temperature begins to cool down, your air-conditioner can take a long respite while your furnace takes over the task of providing comfort for your home.

You might be thinking, “Do I need to cover my air-conditioner during fall or winter?”

Many homeowners are divided when it comes to this issue. There are some who advocate covering the air-conditioner during the cooler seasons while there are others who feel that this is completely unnecessary.

In order to help you better decide, it is important to explore the advantages of each option.

Option One 

Covering your air-conditioning system during winter helps protect the condenser from elements, including ice, snow and debris. Although the bay area doesn’t typically get freezing temperatures, it does get pretty cold at night. Right now with low’s in the 50’s you should consider covering your AC. Covering the air-conditioner also ensures that the unit looks good and you can avoid giving it a weather-beaten look over time.

Option Two 

On the flip side of the coin, if you leave your air-conditioner uncovered, you may prevent small animals from making the AC their home for the winter. This also prevents the buildup of moisture inside the air-conditioner and facilitates ventilation. Moisture can facilitate the buildup of mold and mildew, which can cause problems.

But what do your tri-valley HVAC experts say?

Many HVAC technicians say that covering the AC during fall and winter is completely unnecessary. In fact, many experts say that most of the repairs they get during spring come as a result of air-conditioners being covered. For one, AC units, specifically their outdoor units, have been designed and fabricated to withstand harsh outdoor conditions as well as temperature extremes. Most manufacturers do not recommend covering their products.

However, there are a few exceptions. The first consideration is where you live. If you live in an area like Concord, CA where it does not snow, it is not necessary to cover your AC unit. However, if you live in an area where it hails, it is prudent to provide some cover for your air-conditioner; ditto if you live in an area where blizzards occur.

An air conditioner cover protects it against excess snow and freezing temperature. When the snow freezes and melts inside the air-conditioner, the coils can be damaged. Here, you should cover the unit when you are expecting a blizzard.

How should you cover your AC?

Instead of purchasing an air conditioner cover, you can wrap a tarp around your air-conditioner. 

Contact your local hvac company in Concord to schedule a preventative maintenance on your furnace before the cold weather arrives!

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