Why you shouldn’t use an AC cover!

Every year, one of the most “heated” conversations about air conditioning units isn’t what temperature to set the thermostat to, but instead whether they should be covered up during the fall and winter seasons.

We’ve heard all the arguments, from aesthetics to ice, but all the professionals at BNG Heating & Cooling agree that the best and safest option for home and business owners alike, is to keep AC units uncovered during all seasons.

Of course we still get asked all the time: “but wouldn’t a cover help protect the unit?” Just the opposite. In fact, there are three main reasons that covers do more harm than good.


Covers are able to provide additional protection from the elements, but can conceal the problems they cause on the inside. On those clear winter days, the sun still gives off enough heat to develop moisture underneath the cover placed on the air conditioner.

Moisture building up can leave lasting damage to the electrical wiring and internal mechanics that wouldn’t be discovered until winter is over and the damage is done.

Insects and Other Small Animals

Every homeowner knows that during the winter they find more insects, and sometimes small animals, in their house trying to find a nice, warm place to escape the cold.

By placing a cover on your AC unit, you’re creating the perfect environment for critters. And once they have made themselves at home, they will be a pain to get rid of once winter is over.

They Were Born Ready

Endless hours go into the research, design, and creation of heating and cooling units so that they can last through the elements. These engineers prioritize the need for a unit that can withstand being outside and make it through whatever Mother Nature throws at it.

The end result is a high-performing unit that doesn’t need a cover to keep you comfortable year-round.

At BNG we pride ourselves on being an HVAC company you can count on and that’s why we believe in the importance of giving you the proper knowledge to maintain your home’s comfort and systems.

For more information on preparing your home for winter, check out these tips on HVAC winterization and give us a call today to make sure you are fully prepared for the cold months ahead!

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