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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather coming in Irvine, 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 strong 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 moisture. Too much wetness inside your equipment can cause internal pieces to rust or become moldy.

While putting on an air conditioner cover is your own choice, there are two seasons that are great for using a cover for a lengthy period of time—fall and summer.  

That’s because yard waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more power to cool your home.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from True Home Heating and Air Conditioning heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and take a close look at important parts. 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 several ideas on choosing the ideal cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap moisture inside your unit, potentially eating away at metal pieces. It could also make your system a cozy place for vermin, 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 block air, which could cause water to build up inside your system. 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 choose 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 sticks 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 debris 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 on the way. Snow and ice that build up inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a severe storm is coming in Irvine. Hail can severely damage your system’s fins, 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, True Home Heating and Air Conditioning gives aid. Give us a call at 949-258-7259 or schedule an appointment online.

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