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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather on the horizon in Norton, you may be thinking 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 created to withstand inclement weather, including extreme temperatures and torrential precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap moisture. Extra wetness inside your equipment can cause internal pieces to rust or turn moldy.

While installing an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two seasons that are ideal 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 obstruct your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your residence.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from HCE Systems Inc heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and examine essential parts. This often allows us to spot issues 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 tips on picking the best 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.

Complete AC covers can trap water inside your equipment, potentially corroding metal pieces. It could also make your system a cozy area for rodents, which could eat through 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 condensation to build up inside your system. The best type of fabric is one that allows airflow, 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 freely 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 halt leaves, nuts and other rubbish 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 blizzard is coming. Snow and ice that collect inside your system can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a severe storm is approaching in Norton. Hail can severely 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, HCE Systems Inc offers assistance. Give us a call at 276-302-0076 or schedule an appointment online.

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