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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

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.

While using an air conditioner cover is an individual 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 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.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

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

Related: What New Homeowners Need to Know About Their Air Conditioner

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.

Related: How AC Repair & Maintenance Can Actually Save You Money

When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover

If you want to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to put it on.

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.

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 waste from falling into your unit.

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 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.

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, Branson HVAC, LLC provides assistance. Give us a call at 417-319-1779 or schedule an appointment online.

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