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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather coming in Wyandotte, 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 created to withstand severe weather, including excessive temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap water. Extra wetness inside your unit can cause internal parts to rust or become moldy.

While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two periods that are great for using a cover for a long period of time—fall and summer.  

That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and block your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more electricity to cool your home.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and take a close look at critical components. This often allows us to pinpoint 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 a couple tips on selecting the best cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air flowing, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your system and a few inches on the side.

Full AC covers can trap condensation inside your unit, potentially corroding metal components. It could also make your air conditioner a cozy home 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 block air, which could cause moisture to build up inside your air conditioner. 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 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 a blizzard is coming. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and decreasing 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 Wyandotte. Hail can critically damage your system’s fins, 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, Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning provides assistance. Give us a call at 734-363-8907 or schedule an appointment online.

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