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Should I Cover My Dayton Air Conditioner in Winter?

by | Nov 27, 2018 | Maintenance | 0 comments

Your furnace/ air conditioner is likely the most expensive appliance in your home.  You’re smart to protect it, and to extend its usable life.  However, covering your Dayton air conditioner isn’t a DIY step that Lifestyle Comfort Solutions recommends.  Here’s why:

Covering Doesn’t Actually Keep Out Moisture

The most frequent argument in favor of covering an outside unit in Winter is that water can freeze on the condenser coil and damage it.

If covering actually stopped water infiltration Lifestyle Comfort Solutions would support it.

However, a cover doesn’t keep moisture out.  At best, covering your Dayton air conditioner is unnecessary, and could actually cause damage. How?

Rodent Damage

Rats, mice, and other rodents seek warm shelters to nest and take cover in Winter.  They chew wires, and do other damage to the unit.  Each Spring, Lifestyle Comfort Solutions repairs units damaged from invading pests.

Covering your outdoor unit invites destructive varmints into your unit where they are more likely to cause damage than frozen water on the condenser coil may.

Mold and Mildew Forms

Trapped moisture easily turns to destructive mold and mildew.  It damages your equipment, and poses a health hazard in the Spring when you begin to use you air-conditioner again.

Manufacturers Don’t Recommend

No major equipment manufacturer recommends Winter covering unless you live in parts of the country with extreme cold and heavy snowfall.

Air conditioners are manufactured to withstand harsh conditions.  During factory tours, Lifestyle Comfort Solutions’ team members have witnessed first hand the exciting research and testing that goes into manufacturing outdoor equipment to withstand inclement weather.  Give us a call at 937.202.4520 and we’d be glad to tell you about it.

The single best way to prepare your HVAC equipment for Winter is through regular seasonal maintenance.  Lifestyle Comfort Solutions offers a variety of preventive maintenance plans, or an affordable one time check. Call Lifestyle Comfort Solutions at 937.202.4520 to learn more.

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