With cold weather coming in Ridgedale and the Branson area, you may be thinking when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you need to cover it at all.
Your AC unit is a sturdy piece of equipment. It’s engineered to resist inclement weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.
Sometimes covers cause more problems, because they can trap condensation. Too much wetness inside your equipment can cause internal pieces to rust or get moldy.
That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more electricity to cool your house.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Branson HVAC, LLC heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and examine critical pieces. This often allows us to identify trouble before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air flowing, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your unit and several inches on the side.
Total AC covers can trap moisture inside your equipment, potentially rusting metal pieces. It could also make your AC a cozy place for vermin, which could chew wires.
Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers impede air, which could cause water to build up inside your air conditioner. The best type of cloth is one that lets in air, like canvas or mesh.
When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover
Cover Your Air Conditioner During Summer
A lightweight mesh cover during the summer allows your air conditioner to run unrestricted while keeping grass clippings and branches out.
Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will halt leaves, nuts, and other waste from falling into your unit.
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 AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a strong storm is imminent in Ridgedale and the Branson area. Hail can severely damage your system’s coils, altering efficiency.
We Can Help Your AC System Run Efficiently
Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, Branson HVAC, LLC provides assistance. Give us a call at (417) 815-7320 or schedule an appointment online.