With cold weather coming in Los Angeles, 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 tough piece of equipment. It’s designed to resist inclement weather, including excessive temperatures and relentless precipitation.
Sometimes covers cause more problems, because they can trap condensation. Additional wetness inside your system can cause internal pieces to rust or become moldy.
While installing an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two times of year 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 accumulate and obstruct your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more power to cool your residence.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from AZ Air Conditioning and Heating heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and inspect essential pieces. This often allows us to pinpoint trouble before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a few ideas on choosing the right cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your equipment and a couple of inches on the side.
Full AC covers can trap moisture inside your unit, potentially eating away at metal parts. It could also make your AC a cozy place for vermin, which could eat through wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers impede air, which could cause condensation to build up inside your system. The best type of cloth is one that allows airflow, like canvas or mesh.
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When to Use an Air Conditioner Cover
If you choose 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 twigs out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other rubbish from dropping 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 heavy snow is coming. 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 AC if a severe storm is coming in Los Angeles. Hail can seriously damage your system’s exterior, affecting efficiency.
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We Can Help Your AC System Run Efficiently
Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, AZ Air Conditioning and Heating gives help. Give us a call at 800-296-5088 or schedule an appointment online.