With cold weather coming in Los Angeles, 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 engineered to resist severe weather, including extreme temperatures and relentless precipitation.
Sometimes covers create more issues because they can trap water. Additional wetness inside your equipment can cause internal components to rust or become moldy.
While using an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two periods that are good to use a cover for an extended 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 harder and may use more electricity to cool your residence.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from AZ Air Conditioning and Heating heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and examine critical components. This often allows us to pinpoint trouble before they begin.
Choosing the Right Air Conditioner Cover
If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple tips on picking the right cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your equipment and several inches on the side.
Complete AC covers can trap water inside your system, potentially rusting metal components. It could also make your air conditioner a cozy area for vermin, which could eat through wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers stop 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.
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When It’s Time to Cover your AC
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 unrestricted while keeping grass clippings and twigs out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will stop 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 heavy snow is coming. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your system can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and reducing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a strong storm is imminent in Los Angeles. Hail can seriously damage your system’s exterior, impacting efficiency.
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We Can Help Keep Your AC Protected
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.