With cold weather on the horizon in Kankakee, 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 strong piece of equipment. It’s engineered to resist bad weather, including intense temperatures and torrential precipitation.
Sometimes covers cause more problems because they can trap condensation. Too much wetness inside your unit can cause internal components to rust or turn moldy.
While installing an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two seasons that are great for using a cover for an extended period of time—fall and summer.
That’s because yard rubbish during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can build up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more energy to cool your residence.
Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and examine important parts. This often allows us to spot trouble before they begin.
Find the Right 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 circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your system and several inches on the side.
Full AC covers can trap condensation inside your equipment, potentially corroding metal pieces. It could also make your air conditioner a welcoming area for animals, which could sever wires.
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Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers
Plastic or vinyl covers block air, which could cause water to build up inside your system. The best type of fabric 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 install it.
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 sticks out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will halt leaves, nuts and other debris from getting into your unit.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather
You can temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know a snowstorm is on the way. 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 air conditioner if a severe storm is imminent in Kankakee. Hail can critically damage your system’s fins, affecting efficiency.
Related: How Severe Weather Can Lead to AC Repair
We Can Make Sure Your AC Is Always Covered
Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating gives help. Give us a call at 815-933-8213 or schedule an appointment online.