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Hello Chuck...I live in a single family home with which we have central air. I had heard that covering the unit during the winter months or off season, is not a good idea. The reasoning why escapes me at the moment. What's your take on that?
Thanks for your time

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Hi Ken,

I'm assuming you're talking about the  condenser unit  that is  outside of the house.  My primary concern for covering this unit  while it is not operating would be that covering the  top & the sides might invite "critters" to take up residence inside the unit during the winter. That being said, the unit is designed to "breathe" while the system is operating, so restricting the air flow completely is ill-advised. Covering the unit really serves no useful purpose; however, you might want to take a piece of plywood or a trash can lid & anchor them down with a couple of bricks or heavy rocks over the fan during the cold months. This may help protect the fan from ice & snow. As far as I'm concerned, you are better off getting a winter tune-up, then a spring tune-up and  forget about fidgeting with what to  cover  on your unit.  This equipment is made to exist outside in the elements, but regular maintaining of these units will improve performance & prolong the "shelf life".

Thanks,

Chuck

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I can answer most fundamental questions about Air Conditioning and how it works. I can give advice on different services in the DFW area, as well as lend some advice as to pricing systems along with solid opinions as to quality equipment versus sub-standard equipment. I can help educate consumers with regards as to what to look for in a service company, as well as steps they can & should take when considering repairing vs replacing their A/C equipment.

Experience

I was the Sr. Sales Technician for one of the most well-established HVAC (residential) companies in DFW for over 5 years. I then became the Dallas Team Leader for another well-established DFW company based out of Ft. Worth. Became the Sales Manager for an area A/C business most recently.

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I have written content for several area HVAC (residential) businesses with respect to their Sales Policy manuals. I personally wrote the Sales Training Manual for a well-established DFW area HVAC company.

Education/Credentials
BS Univ of NM 1985

Awards and Honors
Million Dollar Sales Club; 2009, 2010, 2010, 2011, 2012

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