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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather approaching in Perry, you may be thinking when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you have to cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a tough piece of equipment. It’s designed to withstand severe weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap moisture. Extra wetness inside your unit can cause internal parts to rust or become moldy.

While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two times of year that are great for using a cover for a lengthy period of time—fall and summer.  

That’s because yard rubbish during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and lower your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more energy to cool your residence.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from Gillman Heating and Air heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and take a close look at essential parts. This often allows us to spot trouble before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several tips on choosing the best cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your unit and a few inches on the side.

Total AC covers can trap moisture inside your system, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your air conditioner a welcoming area for rodents, which could eat through wires.

Related: What New Homeowners Need to Know About Their Air Conditioner

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers stop air, which could cause moisture to build up inside your system. The best type of cloth is one that’s breathable, like canvas or mesh.

Related: How AC Repair & Maintenance Can Actually Save You Money

When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover

If you decide to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to use it.

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Summer

A lightweight mesh cover during the summer allows your air conditioner to run unrestricted while keeping grass clippings and branches out.

Related: How Do I Know if My Air Conditioner is Running Properly?

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other debris from getting into your unit.

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You can temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know a snowstorm is coming. Snow and ice that collect inside your AC can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a bad storm is approaching in Perry. Hail can critically damage your system’s fins, affecting efficiency.

Related: How Severe Weather Can Lead to AC Repair

We Can Help Your AC System Run Efficiently

Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, Gillman Heating and Air gives assistance. Give us a call at 478-202-3076 or schedule an appointment online.

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