Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

October 18, 2019

With cold weather on the horizon in Norton, you may be thinking 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 designed to take on severe weather, including excessive temperatures and torrential precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap water. Too much wetness inside your equipment can cause internal pieces to rust or become moldy.

While installing an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two periods that are great for using 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 build up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more energy to cool your residence.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from HCE Systems Inc heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and inspect critical pieces. This often allows us to spot 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 tips on selecting the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Full AC covers can trap water inside your system, potentially corroding metal pieces. It could also make your AC a welcoming area 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 moisture to build up inside your unit. The best type of cloth 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 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 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 rubbish from dropping 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 expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a severe storm is coming in Norton. Hail can critically 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, HCE Systems Inc provides aid. Give us a call at 276-302-0076 or schedule an appointment online.