Q: Tammy I’m a single mom and don’t have much time for yard work and outdoor maintenance, should I be covering my air conditioner in the winter?
A: Girlfriend, I am for anything that makes your life easier. By covering your outdoor condensing unit, some people also cover their window air conditioners; they stay cleaners and do not rust as fast, lasting longer. I generally see covers used in northern climates where there is significant snow fall.
You can buy many different types of covers on line. Some even custom made for your make and model of unit. They come in a variety of fabrics, colors, and cost accordingly. You can also make your own with plastic or a tarp and twine.
Just make sure you remember to take it off before you turn on your air conditioner for the first time next Spring! Also, you cannot use a cover on a heat pump because the outdoor unit runs in the Winter time.