We’ve already seen our first snowfall in Charlotte, which means there’s probably more to come. Is your air conditioner prepared to withstand winter weather this season? Read on for Air Today’s tips on whether or not you should leave your air conditioner uncovered,/span> this winter.
Cover AC unit during fall in Charlotte
Fall in Charlotte brings a constant barrage of twigs, leaves and nuts falling from the sky. This natural debris can land on and in your air conditioner, which damages the fan blade and other internal components. Therefore, using a cover on your AC unit during fall is a great way to prevent damage to your equipment. But what about during winter? Is it best to leave the cover on or take it off?
Leave air conditioner uncovered during winter
While covering the AC unit is beneficial during fall, it’s unnecessary during winter. Although twigs and leaves can take their toll on the air conditioner, winter weather is not a major concern. Modern air conditioners are designed with inclement weather in mind, so snow, ice and rain won’t damage them. In fact, covering the air conditioner can actually trap this moisture inside the unit, and this can damage the electrical components. In addition, a cover will turn your AC unit into a nice, warm shelter for all sorts of small animals to use when temperatures drop! Leave your air conditioner uncovered to keep moisture and wildlife out of your HVAC system.
Don’t cover your heat pump!
One last tip: If your home uses a heat pump, leave it uncovered year-round! Like air conditioners, heat pumps include outdoor units, and they even function the same. This can confuse many homeowners into thinking they have an air conditioner when they actually have a heat pump. The heat pump performs cooling and heating functions, so it operates during every season. Leave your heat pump uncovered so it can run efficiently this winter in Charlotte.
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