Should I Put a Cover on My Heat Pump or Air Conditioner During the Fall and Winter?

Some people feel they should cover their heat pump or air conditioner during the fall and winter. These are outside units, after all, and subject to weather. But, is it actually a good idea to cover them?

Heat Pump Cover

Your heat pump is probably used throughout the year to heat and cool your home. You shouldn’t ever put a cover on it as it can be needed at any time. If it gets covered with snow or ice, just brush it off the top of the unit. Don’t try to remove snow or ice from the sides as you may damage the heat pump.

Don’t Cover Your Air Conditioner

Fall and winter are when you likely aren’t using your air conditioner. There’s no reason to cover it, though. AC units are made to handle rain, snow and other weather.

Covering it can cause problems. Mice, squirrels and other animals may decide to nest in your AC unit since it’s covered. Even if you have a cover, moisture will inevitably get inside. The cover will block airflow that removes the moisture. This can result in rust and corrosion.

Real HVAC Services is a locally owned and operated company based in Salisbury, MD. Our services include installing, repairing and maintaining air conditioner systems.

Should You Ever Cover Your AC Unit?

The only time it makes sense to cover an air conditioner is if there’s a major hailstorm, windstorm or blizzard. A cover can help prevent these weather events from damaging the AC unit.

The cover should be immediately removed after the storm is done. The cover should only cover the top of your AC unit and not the sides as that can create problems.

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