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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather on the horizon in Middle Georgia, you may be thinking when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you have to cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a tough piece of equipment. It’s engineered to withstand inclement weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.

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

While installing an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two times of year 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 build up and lower your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more energy to cool your house.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Air Concepts of Middle Georgia heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and inspect essential components. 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 suggestions on selecting the ideal cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Full AC covers can trap condensation inside your system, potentially eating away at metal parts. It could also make your AC a welcoming home for animals, 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 moisture 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 smoothly 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 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 blizzard is on the way. Snow and ice that collect inside your system can melt and refreeze, damaging 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 approaching in Middle Georgia. Hail can critically 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, Air Concepts of Middle Georgia offers aid. Give us a call at 478-200-5689 or schedule an appointment online.

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