With cold weather coming in Menomonie and western Wisconsin, you may be questioning when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you have to cover it at all.
Your AC unit is a strong piece of equipment. It’s created to resist severe} weather, including excessive temperatures and relentless precipitation.
Sometimes covers create more issues because they can trap water. Extra wetness inside your system can cause internal pieces to rust or get moldy.
While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two seasons that are good to use 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 lower your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more electricity to cool your home.
Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Halverson Brothers Inc heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and take a close look at critical components. This often allows us to pinpoint issues before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you decide you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple suggestions on choosing the ideal cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only enclose the top of your equipment and a couple of inches on the side.
Full AC covers can trap condensation inside your equipment, potentially rusting metal parts. It could also make your system a cozy place for animals, 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 air conditioner. The best type of clot is one that lets in air, 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.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other rubbish from falling into your equipment.
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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 collect inside your AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a severe storm is approaching in Menomonie and western Wisconsin. Hail can severely 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, Halverson Brothers Inc gives help. Give us a call at 715-352-4052 or schedule an appointment online.