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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather approaching in West Palm Beach, 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 sturdy piece of equipment. It’s engineered to withstand bad weather, including intense temperatures and relentless precipitation.

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

While putting on an air conditioner cover is an individual 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 debris during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can pile up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more energy to cool your house.

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Summit Air Conditioning Inc heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at critical parts. This often allows us to identify problems before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple tips on picking the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your equipment, potentially eating away at metal pieces. It could also make your air conditioner an inviting home for animals, 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 condensation to build up inside your air conditioner. 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 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 rubbish from dropping 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 AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a severe storm is approaching in West Palm Beach. 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, Summit Air Conditioning Inc gives help. Give us a call at 561-404-4520 or schedule an appointment online.

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