Winter may hardly seem like an “off-season” but that’s exactly what it is for your air conditioner. The cool temperatures and shorter days means your air conditioner may not see any use for several months at a time. This often leads to a common question we hear from customers: “should I cover my air conditioner during the winter?” The answer may surprise you: unlike covering a car you don’t plan on using for a while or a lawnmower that will sit dormant until springtime, covering your air conditioner isn’t necessarily a good idea. Here’s why.
Air conditioning manufacturers put every model through extensive testing in weather simulators, including below-freezing temperatures, scorching heat, and high winds. The goal of this testing is to figure out if the materials used and the design are capable of withstanding the worst mother nature can throw at them. As a result, the air conditioner you install is designed to withstand even the harshest winter conditions. The metal shell is often stainless steel, and internal components are built with water-resistant materials like aluminum and copper. This means no matter what the universe might throw at your air conditioner, it will last for many years and resist corrosion extremely well.
Covering your air conditioner has a side effect you may not have realized. While you may think it’s a good idea to try to keep the elements out of the inside of your air conditioner, you’re also creating an ideal environment for pests like rodents, lizards, and insects who are trying to find a way to escape the cold temperatures and wet weather. A covered air conditioner is the perfect solution they’re looking for, and many of these critters will even peel off wire shielding and other materials to build their nest, which leads to a costly surprise come springtime.
You Never Know When It’ll Get Warm
Finally, the weather in Southern California is predictable in only one way: it usually finds a way to get warm. You never know when all of the sudden a day in the eighties or nineties might strike, forcing you to fire up the air conditioner and get the shorts back out of storage. Having a cover on your air conditioner restricts air flow and leads to overheating if you don’t remove it before flipping the switch. This risk means it’s usually not worth it to make the effort of covering it up: you never know when your air conditioner might be called into action again.
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