Once the summer heat is gone, you want your air conditioner to survive the elements so that it can serve you well next spring and summer. That may have you wondering whether to cover your outdoor unit or not. For you to make an informed decision, you’ll need to weigh the pros and cons of using HVAC covers. Read on to learn more.
Pros of HVAC Covers
- An HVAC cover keeps your A/C coils cleaner, helping your system run more efficiently the next time you turn it on.
- Water can rest on your coils and freeze during the winter, causing damage to them. Covering your A/C unit prevents this from happening.
- An A/C cover prevents heavy yard debris like branches and sticks from blowing into the unit.
Cons of HVAC Covers
- An A/C cover can trap moisture inside your unit. This damp environment can ruin electrical wiring and circuit boards.
- Covers can provide the perfect habitat for mice and other small animals looking for a warm place to take shelter. These critters can chew on interior components, leaving you with expensive repairs to take care of come spring.
- Most reputable A/C manufacturers don’t recommend that you cover your outdoor unit.
Unfortunately, there’s no perfect answer to whether you should cover your air conditioner or not during the colder months. As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to both sides.
If you choose to cover your unit, you can put a piece of plywood over its top. It will protect the unit from most debris while leaving the sides open to keep out animals and moisture. If you’re still unsure about using HVAC covers or not, please contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We’ve served Monmouth County and the surrounding area for three generations.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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