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Do I Need to Cover My Air Conditioner?

With cold weather approaching in Grand Prairie, 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 sturdy piece of equipment. It’s created to resist bad weather, including extreme temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap moisture. Extra wetness inside your unit can cause internal parts to rust or become moldy.

While using an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two times of year 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 build up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more electricity to cool your house.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Mustang Mechanical heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and inspect essential components. This often allows us to identify 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 several ideas on choosing the best cover. 

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your system, potentially eating away at metal pieces. It could also make your system a welcoming place for rodents, 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 block air, which could cause condensation to build up inside your unit. The best type of material 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 want 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 smoothly 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 stop leaves, nuts and other waste 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 heavy snow is approaching. Snow and ice that collect inside your system can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a severe storm is imminent in Grand Prairie. Hail can seriously damage your system’s exterior, impacting 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, Mustang Mechanical offers help. Give us a call at 972-445-9504 or schedule an appointment online.

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