With cold weather approaching in Hudsonville, you may be wondering 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 take on severe weather, including excessive temperatures and relentless precipitation.
Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap moisture. Additional wetness inside your equipment can cause internal parts to rust or become moldy.
While installing an air conditioner cover is your own choice, there are two times of year that are good to use a cover for an extended period of time—fall and summer.
That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can pile up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more energy to cool your house.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at important components. This often allows us to identify issues before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a few ideas on selecting the right cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air flowing, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your system and a couple of inches on the side.
Total AC covers can trap moisture inside your system, potentially eating away at metal components. It could also make your AC a cozy area for animals, which could sever wires.
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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 allows airflow, like canvas or mesh.
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When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover
If you want 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 smoothly while keeping grass clippings and sticks out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other waste from falling into your equipment.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather
You can temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know heavy snow is approaching. Snow and ice that build up inside your AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a strong storm is coming in Hudsonville. Hail can critically damage your system’s coils, impacting 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, West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services gives aid. Give us a call at (616) 319-1436 or schedule an appointment online.