With cold weather on the horizon in Omaha, you may be thinking 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 designed to withstand inclement weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.
Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap moisture. Too much wetness inside your equipment can cause internal pieces to rust or get moldy.
While using an air conditioner cover is your own choice, there are two seasons that are good to use 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 pile up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more electricity to cool your home.
Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and examine essential components. This often allows us to spot trouble before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple suggestions on selecting the right cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your equipment and several inches on the side.
Complete AC covers can trap moisture inside your equipment, potentially eating away at metal pieces. It could also make your system an inviting home for vermin, 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 unit. 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 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 waste from dropping into your system.
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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 blizzard is coming. Snow and ice that collect inside your AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a strong storm is imminent in Omaha. Hail can severely damage your system’s fins, altering 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, Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning provides aid. Give us a call at 402-509-5940 or schedule an appointment online.