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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather on the horizon in Holdrege, 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 tough piece of equipment. It’s engineered to withstand severe weather, including excessive temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap condensation. Too much wetness inside your unit can cause internal parts to rust or turn moldy.

While using an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two times of year that are ideal for using a cover for an extended period of time—fall and summer.  

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

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Durable Service heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and inspect essential pieces. This often allows us to spot problems before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several tips on choosing the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Complete AC covers can trap moisture inside your unit, potentially eating away at metal components. It could also make your system an inviting area for rodents, 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 unit. The best type of material 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 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 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 rubbish from getting into your system.

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 approaching. Snow and ice that build up inside your AC can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a bad storm is coming in Holdrege. Hail can seriously 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, Durable Service gives help. Give us a call at 308-995-8177 or schedule an appointment online.

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