With cold weather approaching in Branchville, you may be wondering when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you should even cover it at all.
Your AC unit is a strong piece of equipment. It’s created to resist inclement} weather, including intense temperatures and torrential precipitation.
Sometimes covers do more harm than good because they can trap water. Extra wetness inside your unit can cause internal components to rust or become moldy.
While using an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two seasons that are great for using a cover for a long period of time—fall and summer.
That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can pile up and block your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more power to cool your home.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at essential parts. This often allows us to spot trouble before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a few tips on selecting the right cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your system and a couple of inches on the side.
Total AC covers can trap moisture inside your unit, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your system a cozy home for vermin, which could sever wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers block air, which could cause moisture to build up inside your system. The best type of material is one that’s breathable, like canvas or mesh.
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When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover
If you choose to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to put it on.
Cover Your Air Conditioner During Summer
A lightweight mesh cover during the summer allows your air conditioner to run freely while keeping grass clippings and twigs out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other waste from falling into your equipment.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather
You can temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know heavy snow is coming. Snow and ice that collect inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a strong storm is coming in Branchville. Hail can critically damage your system’s coils, affecting efficiency.
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We Can Help Your AC System Run Efficiently
Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. offers help. Give us a call at 862-345-6896 or schedule an appointment online.