With cold weather approaching in Lodi, you may be thinking when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you need to cover it at all.
Your AC unit is a strong piece of equipment. It’s created to resist severe weather, including intense temperatures and torrential precipitation.
Sometimes covers do more harm than good because they can trap condensation. Additional wetness inside your system can cause internal components to rust or become moldy.
While using an air conditioner cover is your own choice, there are two seasons 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. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more energy to cool your home.
Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from Tokay heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and examine important components. This often allows us to spot problems before they begin.
Find the Right Air Conditioner Cover
If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several ideas on selecting the ideal cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your unit and a couple of inches on the side.
Full AC covers can trap water inside your equipment, potentially corroding metal components. It could also make your AC a welcoming home for vermin, which could eat through wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers block air, which could cause condensation to build up inside your system. The best type of fabric is one that allows airflow, like canvas or mesh.
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When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover
If you choose to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to use 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 twigs out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other rubbish from getting into your system.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather
You can temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know a blizzard is approaching. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your system can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and reducing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a bad storm is coming in Lodi. Hail can seriously damage your system’s exterior, impacting efficiency.
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We Can Help Keep Your AC Protected
Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, Tokay provides aid. Give us a call at 209-257-3156 or schedule an appointment online.