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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather coming in Ronkonkoma, you may be questioning when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you have to cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a sturdy piece of equipment. It’s created to take on inclement weather, including intense temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap water. Too much wetness inside your system can cause internal components to rust or become moldy.

While installing an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two periods that are good to use 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 pile up and lower your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more power to cool your house.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Cool Power LLC heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and inspect essential parts. This often allows us to identify problems before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple tips on picking the ideal cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your system and a couple of inches on the side.

Complete AC covers can trap condensation inside your equipment, potentially rusting metal components. It could also make your air conditioner an inviting place for rodents, 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 condensation to build up inside your unit. The best type of fabric is one that allows airflow, 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 stop 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 heavy snow is coming. Snow and ice that build up inside your AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a severe storm is coming in Ronkonkoma. 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, Cool Power LLC offers aid. Give us a call at 631-246-4029 or schedule an appointment online.

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