Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

October 18, 2019

With cold weather coming in Boynton Beach, you may be questioning when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you need to cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a sturdy piece of equipment. It’s engineered to withstand inclement weather, including excessive temperatures and torrential precipitation.

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

While installing an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two periods 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 accumulate and obstruct your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more electricity to cool your home.

Seeking 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 equipment, and inspect critical components. This often allows us to spot issues before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple ideas on selecting the ideal cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your equipment and a couple of inches on the side.

Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your equipment, potentially corroding metal components. It could also make your AC an inviting home for animals, which could chew 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 moisture to build up inside your air conditioner. The best type of cloth is one that’s breathable, 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 branches out.

Related: How Do I Know if My Air Conditioner is Running Properly?

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will halt leaves, nuts and other rubbish from dropping into your equipment.

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 a blizzard is coming. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a bad storm is imminent in Boynton Beach. Hail can critically 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, A2Z Air Inc offers help. Give us a call at 561-270-6228 or schedule an appointment online.