With cold weather on the horizon in Warrenton, 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 strong piece of equipment. It’s engineered to resist severe} weather, including intense temperatures and heavy precipitation.
Sometimes covers create more issues because they can trap moisture. Extra wetness inside your system can cause internal pieces to rust or become moldy.
While using an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two seasons that are great for using a cover for a lengthy period of time—fall and summer.
That’s because yard debris 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 longer and may use more energy to cool your house.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and examine important parts. This often allows us to spot issues before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several ideas on selecting 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.
Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your system, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your air conditioner an inviting area for vermin, which could chew 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 unit. The best type of fabric is one that’s breathable, like canvas or mesh.
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When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover
If you choose 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 stop leaves, nuts and other rubbish from dropping into your system.
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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 approaching. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your system can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a strong storm is imminent in Warrenton. Hail can seriously damage your system’s exterior, 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, Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning provides assistance. Give us a call at 636-456-5041 or schedule an appointment online.