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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather coming in Carpentersville, 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 strong piece of equipment. It’s designed to withstand inclement weather, including intense temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers cause more problems, because they can trap water. Too much wetness inside your unit 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 ideal for using a cover for a lengthy period of time—fall and summer.  

That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can accumulate and lower your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more electricity to cool your home.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and examine essential components. This often allows us to spot issues before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you decide you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several suggestions on picking the ideal cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap water inside your system, potentially corroding metal components. It could also make your AC an inviting place for animals, 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 stop air, which could cause water to build up inside your air conditioner. The best type of cloth 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 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 twigs out.

Related: How Do I Know if My Air Conditioner is Running Properly?

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will halt leaves, nuts and other debris from getting 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 a blizzard is approaching. Snow and ice that collect inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a strong storm is coming in Carpentersville. Hail can critically 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, Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc gives help. Give us a call at 224-699-9229 or schedule an appointment online.

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