With cold weather on the horizon in Boynton Beach, you may be wondering when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you need to cover it at all.
Your AC unit is a tough piece of equipment. It’s created to withstand severe weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.
Sometimes covers do more harm than good, because they can trap water. Too much wetness inside your unit can cause internal parts to rust or become 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 an extended period of time—fall and summer.
That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can accumulate and lower your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your home.
Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from A2Z Air Inc heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at critical components. This often allows us to pinpoint 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 a couple 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 equipment and a few inches on the side.
Full AC covers can trap condensation inside your equipment, potentially corroding metal pieces. It could also make your air conditioner a cozy place for vermin, which could sever 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 air conditioner. The best type of cloth is one that’s breathable, 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 install it.
Cover Your Air Conditioner During Summer
A lightweight mesh cover during the summer allows your air conditioner to run freely while keeping grass clippings and branches out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will halt 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 heavy snow is approaching. Snow and ice that collect inside your air conditioner 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 strong storm is coming in Boynton Beach. Hail can seriously damage your system’s coils, altering efficiency.
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We Can Help Your AC System Run Efficiently
Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, A2Z Air Inc gives aid. Give us a call at 561-270-6228 or schedule an appointment online.