With cold weather approaching in Cape Coral, you may be questioning 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 relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers do more harm than good because they can trap moisture. Extra wetness inside your equipment can cause internal components to rust or turn moldy.

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

That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and block your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your residence.

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Comfort Zone, LLC heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at critical pieces. This often allows us to spot trouble before they begin.

How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple suggestions on picking the ideal cover.

Avoid Full Covers

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

Complete AC covers can trap moisture inside your system, potentially rusting metal pieces. It could also make your AC a cozy area for rodents, 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 stop air, which could cause water to build up inside your air conditioner. The best type of fabric 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 choose to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to install it.

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Summer

A lightweight mesh cover during the summer allows your air conditioner to run smoothly while keeping grass clippings and sticks 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 waste from dropping 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 heavy snow is coming. Snow and ice that build up inside your system can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a bad storm is imminent in Cape Coral. Hail can critically damage your system’s coils, 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, Comfort Zone, LLC gives assistance. Give us a call at 239-214-0411 or schedule an appointment online.