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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather approaching in Booneville, you may be questioning 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 created to withstand bad weather, including intense temperatures and heavy precipitation.

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

While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two times of year that are great for using a cover for a lengthy period of time—fall and summer.  

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

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and inspect important parts. This often allows us to spot problems 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 several ideas on picking the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your equipment, potentially corroding metal components. It could also make your system a welcoming place 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 block air, which could cause water to build up inside your system. The best type of cloth 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 decide 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 unrestricted 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 block leaves, nuts and other waste 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 coming. Snow and ice that build up inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a strong storm is coming in Booneville. Hail can critically damage your system’s fins, altering 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.

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