I just had a new AC condenser installed. I live in the northeast and we get a fair amount of snow in the winter. I'd like your opinion of the pros and cons of a winter cover for the unit. The unit is partially under a roof overhang but will still be exposed to snow. If I do put on a cover, I was planning to pull the service plug until I remove it in the spring. Is this OK to do?
Also, in the fall I have large oak trees that drop a lot of acorns and leaves. To prevent them from falling through the fan grating and ending up inside the unit, I was considering placing a piece of fiberglass window screen over the top of the grate secured with magnets. Is this a problem due to possible air flow restrictions?
Any other suggestions or alternatives would be welcome.