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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

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

Your AC unit is a strong piece of equipment. It’s engineered to take on bad weather, including excessive temperatures and heavy precipitation.

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

While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two periods that are great for using 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 pile up and lower your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your house.

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and examine important pieces. This often allows us to pinpoint trouble before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you decide you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple tips on choosing the ideal cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Full AC covers can trap moisture inside your equipment, potentially eating away at metal parts. It could also make your AC a cozy place for vermin, 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 impede air, which could cause water to build up inside your unit. 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 use it.

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.

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 falling 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 blizzard 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 anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a severe storm is imminent in Saint Marys. Hail can critically damage your system’s fins, 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, Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning provides assistance. Give us a call at 912-208-2470 or schedule an appointment online.

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