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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather on the horizon in Greensburg, 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 strong piece of equipment. It’s designed to take on inclement weather, including intense temperatures and torrential precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap condensation. Additional wetness inside your system can cause internal pieces to rust or become moldy.

While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two seasons 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 accumulate and lower your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your house.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Wallpe Heating & Cooling heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and examine 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 decide you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a few tips on picking the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your equipment and a few inches on the side.

Complete AC covers can trap water inside your system, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your air conditioner a cozy area for vermin, which could eat through 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 condensation to build up inside your unit. The best type of material 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 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 freely while keeping grass clippings and sticks out.

Related: How Do I Know if My Air Conditioner is Running Properly?

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will stop leaves, nuts and other waste from getting into your equipment.

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 collect inside your AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a strong storm is imminent in Greensburg. Hail can seriously 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, Wallpe Heating & Cooling offers aid. Give us a call at 812-638-4232 or schedule an appointment online.

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