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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather approaching in Macon, 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 tough piece of equipment. It’s designed to resist inclement weather, including intense temperatures and heavy precipitation.

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

While putting on an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two periods that are good to use a cover for a lengthy period of time—fall and summer.  

That’s because yard debris during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more power to cool your home.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Air Temperature Control heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and inspect essential parts. This often allows us to identify issues before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several suggestions on picking the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Full AC covers can trap moisture inside your equipment, potentially rusting metal components. It could also make your system a cozy area for animals, which could chew 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 fabric 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 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 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 on the way. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming 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 coming in Macon. Hail can severely 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, Air Temperature Control provides help. Give us a call at 478-202-3170 or schedule an appointment online.

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