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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather coming in Erie, 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 sturdy piece of equipment. It’s designed to take on bad weather, including intense temperatures and torrential precipitation.

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

While using an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two seasons that are great 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 accumulate and obstruct your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more power to cool your residence.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Patterson & Stirling Inc heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and take a close look at critical parts. This often allows us to pinpoint issues before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several tips on choosing the ideal cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap water inside your equipment, potentially rusting metal components. It could also make your air conditioner a welcoming place for animals, which could eat through 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 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 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 getting into your system.

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 approaching. Snow and ice that build up inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming 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 imminent in Erie. 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, Patterson & Stirling Inc gives assistance. Give us a call at 814-308-0416 or schedule an appointment online.

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