With cold weather approaching in Palm Coast, 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 tough piece of equipment. It’s engineered to resist bad} weather, including extreme temperatures and relentless precipitation.
Sometimes covers cause more problems because they can trap water. Too much wetness inside your unit can cause internal components to rust or become moldy.
While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two periods that are good to use a cover for a lengthy period of time—fall and summer.
That’s because yard rubbish during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can accumulate and lower your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more energy to cool your residence.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and inspect 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 tips on picking the ideal cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only enclose the top of your equipment and several inches on the side.
Complete AC covers can trap water inside your unit, potentially eating away at metal components. It could also make your system an inviting place for rodents, which could eat through wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers stop air, which could cause moisture to build up inside your system. The best type of fabric is one that lets in air, like canvas or mesh.
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When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover
If you decide 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 sticks out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will halt leaves, nuts and other waste from falling into your equipment.
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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 blizzard is on the way. Snow and ice that collect inside your system can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and lowering efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a severe storm is approaching in Palm Coast. Hail can severely 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, Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists gives aid. Give us a call at 386-313-8766 or schedule an appointment online.