Just because you stop using the AC equipment plus pack it away doesn’t mean you can then forget about it till the first tepid day of the year, at least not in the part of the country I live in. Here, every one of us get tons of snow plus lots of ice all throughout the winter. This means that you need to work hard to keep all aspects of your central AC equipment safe plus easily clean no matter what the winter happens to throw your way. My fiance plus I always make sure the AC condenser is completely covered up before the first snow eventually hits. The two of us do this by way of just using our AC condenser cover. You can easily just get a tarp at the hardware store plus tie it down over the unit if you’re feeling brave enough, however since this is our first property, we definitely were not feeling so brave plus just went with getting the more expensive condenser cover made for the exact model that our property uses. The condenser cover comes with everything you need to keep it tied down plus secure all through the year. It doesn’t necessarily matter what you use, it’s terribly important that your condenser stays free of the ravages of winter. Sure, the condenser can take the water from rainstorms, however this is not the same as snow. The rain washes away, allowing the condenser to dry out as soon as the storm passes. Snow does not–it piles up plus melts plus refreezes, damaging the metal plus causing rust plus wear all throughout the cold season. Icicles can also fall off your property, which can get into the condenser plus entirely ruin the delicate blades of the AC condenser without a cover to keep them guarded.