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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather approaching in Newton, 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 tough piece of equipment. It’s designed to withstand inclement weather, including excessive temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Sometimes covers do more harm than good, because they can trap water. Too much wetness inside your system can cause internal pieces to rust or get moldy.

While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two seasons that are good to use a cover for a long period of time—fall and summer.  

That’s because yard debris during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can pile up and block your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more electricity to cool your home.

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Brookwood Inc heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and inspect essential parts. This often allows us to identify issues before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several suggestions on choosing the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your unit, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your system an inviting home for rodents, which could sever wires.

Related: What New Homeowners Need to Know About Their Air Conditioner

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers stop air, which could cause water to build up inside your unit. 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 decide to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to put it on.

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.

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 rubbish from getting into your system.

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 on the way. Snow and ice that build up inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a strong storm is imminent in Newton. Hail can seriously damage your system’s exterior, altering 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, Brookwood Inc gives help. Give us a call at 641-316-9803 or schedule an appointment online.

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