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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather approaching in Chatsworth, you may be questioning when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you need to cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a strong piece of equipment. It’s engineered to take on inclement weather, including excessive temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap condensation. Extra wetness inside your system can cause internal components to rust or get moldy.

While using an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two seasons that are good to use a cover for an extended 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. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more power to cool your home.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from True Temp Heating & Air Inc heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and examine essential parts. This often allows us to identify problems 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 a couple ideas on picking the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your system 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 a welcoming place 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 impede air, which could cause moisture to build up inside your system. The best type of fabric 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 want 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 smoothly 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 block leaves, nuts and other waste 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 a snowstorm is approaching. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your system 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 air conditioner if a severe storm is coming in Chatsworth. 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, True Temp Heating & Air Inc provides assistance. Give us a call at 706-695-7492 or schedule an appointment online.

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