With cold weather approaching in Lexington, 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 engineered to resist inclement} weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.
Sometimes covers cause more problems because they can trap condensation. Extra 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 ideal for using a cover for an extended period of time—fall and summer.
That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can accumulate and lower your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more power to cool your residence.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from James Heating & A/C, Inc heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at important pieces. This often allows us to pinpoint issues before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple tips on choosing the right cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your equipment and a couple of inches on the side.
Full AC covers can trap water inside your system, potentially eating away at metal pieces. It could also make your air conditioner a welcoming area for animals, which could eat through wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers stop air, which could cause condensation to build up inside your system. The best type of clot is one that allows airflow, like canvas or mesh.
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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 branches out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will stop leaves, nuts and other debris from getting 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 on the way. Snow and ice that collect inside your AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a strong storm is approaching in Lexington. Hail can severely damage your system’s coils, 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, James Heating & A/C, Inc offers aid. Give us a call at 336-853-6070 or schedule an appointment online.