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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather approaching in Lodi, 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 created to withstand inclement weather, including extreme temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers cause more problems, because they can trap condensation. Extra wetness inside your equipment can cause internal components to rust or get moldy.

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

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

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and examine critical pieces. This often allows us to spot issues 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 ideas on choosing the right cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Complete AC covers can trap moisture inside your unit, potentially eating away at metal components. It could also make your air conditioner a cozy home for animals, 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 water to build up inside your unit. The best type of fabric 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 want 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 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 rubbish 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 heavy snow is on the way. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a bad storm is coming in Lodi. 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, Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning offers assistance. Give us a call at 209-257-3156 or schedule an appointment online.

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