I mentioned in another review that I decided to leave my air conditioner in my window over the winter rather than going through the hassle of taking it out and then trying to find a place to store it until I put it back in next spring. And, as a result of this, I had to take some steps to make sure I was able to keep the heat inside the house and the cold winter wind out.
One of the ways I decided to do this was with a window-unit air conditioning cover from the brand Duck. I came across this while picking up some insulation from the same brand and, after seeing it was just $5, I decided to buy it.
This was actually the first time I have ever purchased a cover like this and, to be honest, when I did, I didn’t really think it would be any better than if I would have just used one of the tarps I have in my shed. But, after taking it out of the packaging and putting it to use, I do have to admit it exceeded my expectations.
The thing I liked about this product is it was very easy to use. All I had to do was remove it from the plastic bag, slide it over the outside portion of my air conditioner and then use the included strap to hold it in place. Even though it was windy outside at the time (something I thought would make the project more difficult), it took me about two minutes. And, most of that was me trying to get the bag open.
When I took this out, I thought it was going to be too big because it is designed to fit over some of the larger window units and my air conditioner is relatively small compared to others. But, as I slide this cover onto my air conditioner, I discovered it was easy to adjust it to fit even a small unit like mine.
If I have any complaint about this product, it would be about the strap. Again, it’s designed to hold the cover in place. But, unlike the cover, it doesn’t seem to be designed to adjust to smaller air conditioners. If I connect the straps, it doesn’t hold the cover on as tight as I would like and they aren’t long enough for me to wrap them around a second time. As a result, I ended up having to place a small brick on top just to make sure it didn’t get blown off of the air conditioner.
Overall though, for the money, I do think this was a good purchase. It had a couple flaws but I do think it worked better than just using an ordinary tarp to cover the unit.