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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather coming in Lake Worth, 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 strong piece of equipment. It’s created to withstand inclement weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.

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

While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two times of year 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 lower your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your residence.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Smyth Air Conditioning Inc heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and inspect essential pieces. This often allows us to identify problems 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 a couple ideas on selecting the best cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your system, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your AC an inviting place for vermin, which could sever 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 air conditioner. The best type of fabric is one that’s breathable, 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 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.

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 dropping 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 snowstorm is coming. Snow and ice that accumulate 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 system if a severe storm is approaching in Lake Worth. Hail can seriously 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, Smyth Air Conditioning Inc gives assistance. Give us a call at 561-533-6066 or schedule an appointment online.

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