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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather on the horizon in Cape Coral, you may be questioning when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you have to cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a sturdy piece of equipment. It’s engineered to take on severe weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap water. Too much wetness inside your equipment 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 good to use a cover for an extended period of time—fall and summer.  

That’s because yard debris during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can accumulate and lower your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more power to cool your house.

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Comfort Zone Inc heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and inspect essential pieces. This often allows us to spot problems 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 a few suggestions on picking the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Full AC covers can trap condensation inside your equipment, potentially corroding metal components. It could also make your system a cozy home for animals, which could sever wires.

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

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers impede air, which could cause water to build up inside your unit. The best type of material is one that lets in air, like canvas or mesh.

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

When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover

If you want 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 unrestricted while keeping grass clippings and twigs out.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will halt leaves, nuts and other rubbish from getting into your equipment.

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 approaching. Snow and ice that build up inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a severe storm is coming in Cape Coral. Hail can critically damage your system’s exterior, impacting 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, Comfort Zone Inc offers help. Give us a call at 239-214-0411 or schedule an appointment online.

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