With cold weather coming 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 strong piece of equipment. It’s designed to resist bad} weather, including intense temperatures and heavy precipitation.
Sometimes covers cause more problems because they can trap water. Additional wetness inside your system can cause internal components to rust or get moldy.
While putting on an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two periods that are great for using 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 lower your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more electricity to cool your house.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at critical parts. This often allows us to identify trouble before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several ideas on picking the best cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your unit and several inches on the side.
Full AC covers can trap condensation inside your system, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your air conditioner a cozy place for vermin, which could chew wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers block air, which could cause water to build up inside your unit. 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 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 unrestricted while keeping grass clippings and twigs out.
Related: How Do I Know if My Air Conditioner is Running Properly?
Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will stop leaves, nuts and other waste from dropping into your unit.
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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 snowstorm is on the way. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a bad storm is imminent in Odessa. Hail can seriously damage your system’s exterior, affecting 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 provides assistance. Give us a call at 432-237-0168 or schedule an appointment online.