With cold weather approaching in Dresden, 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 tough piece of equipment. It’s designed to resist severe} weather, including extreme temperatures and relentless precipitation.
Sometimes covers create more issues because they can trap moisture. Additional wetness inside your unit can cause internal pieces to rust or turn moldy.
While installing an air conditioner cover is your own choice, there are two seasons that are good to use 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 pile up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your residence.
Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from McFadden Heating & Cooling heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and take a close look at important components. This often allows us to pinpoint issues before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you decide you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a few tips on picking the best cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your system and a few inches on the side.
Total AC covers can trap water inside your system, potentially corroding metal pieces. It could also make your air conditioner a welcoming place for animals, which could chew 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 unit. The best type of fabric is one that lets in air, like canvas or mesh.
Related: How AC Repair & Maintenance Can Actually Save You Money
When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover
If you choose 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 halt leaves, nuts and other debris 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 coming. Snow and ice that build up inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a bad storm is approaching in Dresden. 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, McFadden Heating & Cooling offers aid. Give us a call at 1-866-781-0111 or schedule an appointment online.