With cold weather approaching in Tucker, you may be wondering when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you should even cover it at all.
Your AC unit is a sturdy piece of equipment. It’s engineered to resist severe} weather, including extreme temperatures and relentless precipitation.
Sometimes covers create more issues 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 a personal choice, there are two times of year 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 obstruct your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more electricity to cool your home.
Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from ACS Heating and Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and examine important pieces. This often allows us to identify problems before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you decide you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several ideas on selecting the best cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your equipment and a few inches on the side.
Complete AC covers can trap water inside your system, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your system a cozy home for vermin, which could eat through wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers block air, which could cause water to build up inside your air conditioner. The best type of material is one that’s breathable, 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 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 waste from falling into your unit.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather
You can temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know a snowstorm is approaching. Snow and ice that build up inside your air conditioner 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 severe storm is coming in Tucker. Hail can seriously 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, ACS Heating and Air Conditioning gives aid. Give us a call at 770-450-1539 or schedule an appointment online.