Should I Leave My Air Conditioner Uncovered This Winter?

Should I Leave My Air Conditioner Uncovered This Winter?

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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4 Responses

  1. My fiance and I have moved into a new home recently with some maintenance issues. We will be getting an air conditioning service to fix the problems we have. On top of this, we will make sure that we do not cover our heat pump.

  2. I didn’t know that covering the AC unit is beneficial during fall and it’s unnecessary during winter. Our AC unit is not cooling like it used to and we forgot to cover it last winter. My dad suggested having a new AC and shared this article with us.

  3. I just wanted to thank you for these tips for an air conditioner. I’m glad that you explained that it could be good to cover your AC in the fall, especially to prevent damage. I’m kind of interested to know if this means it could be good in areas that get a lot of hail.

  4. I’ve been wanting to get a good cooling and heating service out to my parents. I’m glad you talked about how you want to make sure you have the right cover for your air conditioner during the fall. I don’t think that we’ve ever had our cooling and heating system covered, so being able to give that a try would be worth it!

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