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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather on the horizon in Odessa, you may be questioning when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you should even cover it at all.

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

Sometimes covers cause more problems, because they can trap condensation. Too much wetness inside your system can cause internal parts to rust or become moldy.

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

That’s because yard debris during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and block your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more energy to cool your house.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and inspect critical pieces. This often allows us to spot 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 few tips on selecting the best cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap water inside your unit, potentially rusting metal pieces. It could also make your system an inviting place for vermin, which could sever 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 air conditioner. The best type of material is one that allows airflow, 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 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 block leaves, nuts and other debris from dropping 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 on the way. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a bad storm is imminent in Odessa. Hail can seriously damage your system’s exterior, 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, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning gives aid. Give us a call at 432-237-0168 or schedule an appointment online.

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