Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

October 18, 2019

With cold weather approaching in Booneville, 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 tough piece of equipment. It’s created to withstand severe weather, including intense temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers do more harm than good, because they can trap moisture. Too much wetness inside your unit can cause internal parts to rust or get moldy.

While using an air conditioner cover is your own choice, there are two seasons that are great for using a cover for an extended period of time—fall and summer.  

That’s because yard rubbish during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and lower your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more energy to cool your residence.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and take a close look at important pieces. This often allows us to spot problems 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 a few ideas on choosing the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Complete AC covers can trap moisture inside your equipment, potentially corroding metal pieces. It could also make your AC a welcoming area 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 stop air, which could cause water 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 want 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 halt leaves, nuts and other rubbish 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 accumulate inside your AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a strong storm is approaching in Booneville. Hail can severely 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, Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC provides aid. Give us a call at 662-269-8716 or schedule an appointment online.