Should I Cover My Air Conditioner in the Winter?
by The Cooling Company, on Aug 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM
If you live in Las Vegas, the last thing you want is to compromise your air conditioner. It’s sweltering outside by the beginning of June. What about the off-months, though, when it’s feasible to keep the unit off in favor of opening the windows to cool off or bundling up to keep warm?
Should You Cover Your Air Conditioner During the Winter?
There are some schools of thought that indicate that you should cover your outside AC unit when it's not getting daily use, but it's really dependent on where you live. In places where there's very cold weather with snow and ice, many people do decide to cover their unit to protect it from the elements.
Even in those areas, though, there's a danger that covering the unit may make it susceptible to vermin. Mice and small animals take up residence in warm, enclosed spaces where people don't often tread. Not only do you not want rodents in or near your home, you also run the risk of them chewing through wires and damaging the unit.
In Las Vegas, there isn't much worry over exceptionally cold weather. Your air conditioning unit will not likely see a lot of snow or ice, so the short answer is that there's not much reason to cover your unit to winterize it in this climate.
Basic Upkeep to Your Outside Air Conditioner Without Covering It
For residents who moved to the area from cold weather states, this is probably a lovely reprieve from your past routine. However, the fact that you don't have to cover your air conditioner doesn't mean that you're off the hook for other types of air conditioning maintenance.
Keep Up on Inspections
An air conditioner is a significant investment, so you really have it looked at once per year. We recommend setting your appointment for the spring so that you know your unit is working order for the heat of summer. Adding it to the calendar at the same time each year may help you stay on track. You can avoid larger maintenance issues by catching small ones early. You can also budget ahead for a larger expense of replacement when you have up to date knowledge about the health of your current air unit.
Tidy the Area Around Your Unit
Just because you don't have to cover your outdoor air conditioner does not mean that you shouldn't be wary of problems caused by the outdoors in general. In the fall, make sure that your keep the unit and its surrounding area clear of leaves and other debris that could interfere with the efficiency of your condenser coil or unit.
Change the Filters
You should also change the filters with frequency. There are different schools of thought on how regularly you change them and it may depend on the unit. Your HVAC professional can give you some excellent pointers on setting a schedule for these easy, DIY maintenance tasks.
More Questions? Ask us!
Whether you're experiencing difficulties with your air conditioning unit or just want to have a great company on hand for regular maintenance, The Cooling Company offers excellent service. Feel free to contact us with any questions or check out our online estimator to do some research in advance.