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A/C Unit in WinterYour A/C unit keeps you cool during the summer—keep it safe during the winter!

During the winter months, there’s a much higher chance of debris falling onto and into your outdoor air conditioner. Keep your A/C unit safe! Repairs can be costly and damage is easily avoided.

Though many people cover their units completely, doing so isn’t necessary. In fact, it can be more harmful than not covering it at all.

Using generic covers or improvising a cover by using a big garbage bag can lead to a number of problems. Improperly constructed covers may lead to condensation buildup, which in turn leads to damage to the A/C unit.

Baggy or improperly fitting A/C unit covers lead to a whole host of other problems. A baggy cover is nothing but a safe, cozy, and warm home for any number of critters who are looking for just such a thing in the winter. Animals like raccoons and squirrels can wreak havoc on the inner workings of your unit, tracking dirt and debris into all the places you’re trying to keep it out.

If you’re going to use a full A/C cover, it’s best to use one that was designed specifically for your unit. Custom-made covers are available, and should fit snuggly around the unit with no openings for animals to sneak in.

If you want to avoid all of that mess altogether, though, one of the best and simplest solutions is to simply cover the top of your unit with a piece of plywood. Debris has the highest chance of falling onto and into your A/C unit from above.

Snow, ice, hail, leaves, branches, and anything else blown around by the wind can seriously damage an air conditioner. Plywood or a similarly hard, solid material will protect your unit from the most dangerous threats. At the same time, it doesn’t come with the same problems as a cover.

Make sure that the plywood completely covers the top of your unit and is secured in place. You can use a few large rocks to ensure that it doesn’t get blown off of the unit in a storm.

Often times the simplest solution is the best, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to protecting your air conditioning unit during the stormy winter. If you have any questions or if you need any HVAC services, don’t hesitate to contact Atlas Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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