Just because you don’t use the AC all year round does not mean that you’re done caring for it year round. Sure, you don’t have to worry about replacing air conditioning filters if your heating system is heated floors or a boiler. However, a central AC means you have a condenser outside, and that thing cannot be left to its own devices. The air conditioning condenser unit may weigh a ton, but it’s still pretty darn fragile. In fact, snow and ice can cause irreparable damage to the condenser, affecting the integrity of the whole central AC system. That’s why you need to work to keep it safe throughout the winter months. The best way to do so is to keep it wrapped up in a tarp or even a protective cover. You can often find a cover that is made for your exact type of condenser, so it’s the perfect fit for your AC equipment. Some covers will come with stakes and ties like a tent to insure it really stays on. If you’re using a tarp, you’ll need to tie it down with ropes or even ratchet straps to secure. Then even after its covered, you’ll need to revisit it after every snow storm to brush off snow and ice. Checking on the condenser once a week between storms is also wise to remove ice and make sure icicles haven’t damaged the cover. Keeping the AC condenser safe means one less thing you need to repair come summer time, and will insure that your AC system runs smoothly the moment you need it next summer.