With cold weather approaching in Hodgenville, 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 designed to resist severe} weather, including excessive temperatures and torrential precipitation.
Sometimes covers do more harm than good because they can trap water. Extra wetness inside your equipment can cause internal pieces 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 a long period of time—fall and summer.
That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your house.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at important parts. This often allows us to pinpoint 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 several suggestions on choosing the best cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only enclose the top of your equipment and a few inches on the side.
Full AC covers can trap moisture inside your system, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your air conditioner an inviting place for rodents, which could eat through wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers impede air, which could cause condensation to build up inside your air conditioner. The best type of clot is one that lets in air, 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 use 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.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other rubbish from dropping 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 blizzard is on the way. Snow and ice that collect inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and reducing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a strong storm is imminent in Hodgenville. Hail can severely 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, Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. provides help. Give us a call at 270-358-3167 or schedule an appointment online.