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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather on the horizon in Tomball, you may be thinking when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you should even cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a tough piece of equipment. It’s designed to withstand severe weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Sometimes covers cause more problems, because they can trap water. Too much wetness inside your equipment can cause internal components to rust or get moldy.

While installing an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two periods that are great 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 build up and block 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 Premium Air Services LLC heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and examine important pieces. This often allows us to pinpoint issues before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you decide you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a few ideas on choosing the best cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air flowing, a protective air conditioner cover should only enclose the top of your equipment and several inches on the side.

Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your system, potentially rusting metal components. It could also make your AC a cozy 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 impede air, which could cause water to build up inside your unit. The best type of material 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 decide to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to put it on.

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.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other debris 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 accumulate inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a severe storm is approaching in Tomball. Hail can seriously damage your system’s coils, 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, Premium Air Services LLC gives assistance. Give us a call at 713-364-9957 or schedule an appointment online.

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