With cold weather coming in Circleville, you may be questioning when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you need to cover it at all.
Your AC unit is a tough piece of equipment. It’s created to resist inclement} weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.
Sometimes covers cause more problems because they can trap moisture. Extra wetness inside your system can cause internal pieces to rust or get moldy.
While using an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two periods that are good to use 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 build up and lower your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more energy to cool your house.
Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at critical parts. This often allows us to spot issues before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a few suggestions on choosing the right cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your equipment and several inches on the side.
Total AC covers can trap water inside your equipment, potentially eating away at metal components. It could also make your air conditioner a cozy home for vermin, which could chew wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers block air, which could cause moisture to build up inside your air conditioner. The best type of clot 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 smoothly 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 waste 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 a snowstorm is on the way. Snow and ice that collect inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a bad storm is imminent in Circleville. Hail can critically damage your system’s exterior, 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, Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling provides assistance. Give us a call at 740-474-5940 or schedule an appointment online.