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The “Heated” Debate: Covering Your AC Unit and Other Questions Answered

As autumn ushers in cooler temperatures, homeowners are turning off their air conditioners for the season. Covering your AC unit has been a subject of debate in HVAC circles in recent years. Should you or shouldn’t you cover your AC unit? The simple answer is that it’s entirely up to you.

Recommendations From Certified Installers

Consider the following pros of covering your AC unit:

  • A cover protects from falling ice and safeguards the coils from debris.
  • A cover keeps water from freezing on the coils, which can damage them.

While these benefits may increase your AC unit’s lifespan, beware of the following risks:

  • Trapped moisture can lead to rust, which can damage your unit.
  • A cover can be a safe haven for critters from cold temperatures. They may snack on your coils and damage them.

If you decide covering your AC unit is the best choice, use a breathable material. Remember to remove your cover promptly in the spring. Work with a certified installer to ensure your AC is prepared for both the highs and lows of the year.

Cost vs. Value of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is produced by the alternative sources we use to heat our homes, such as charcoal, wood, or natural gas. Checking your carbon monoxide detectors every six months is essential to avoid injury. Since carbon monoxide gas is odorless, your detectors are the first line of defense. The cost vs. value of these systems is unquestionable; check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and certified installers if you have energy concerns.

As always, contact HB Services if you have any questions.


Harry Hink is the owner of HB Services, LLC. He has years of experience in the home improvement field and brings an unparalleled enthusiasm to his customers. HB Services is known locally for their continued support of local communities, schools and businesses.

Harry is active in many organizations to include the Medical Care of Children Partnership(MCCP) which is a community partnership dedicated to providing medical and dental services to children of the working poor of Fairfax County who otherwise are ineligible to receive healthcare offered through Medicaid or other private and public sources. Harry is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, a certified United States swimming coach and, most important, a husband and father.

Owner Harry Hink’s philosophy is timeless and simple – do for our customers what we would do for ourselves. Our staff will listen to your ideas, offer insight suggestions and come up with a design that fits your lifestyle and adds value to your home.


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