With cold weather approaching in Omaha, you may be wondering 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 designed to resist severe} weather, including intense temperatures and torrential precipitation.
Sometimes covers cause more problems because they can trap moisture. Additional wetness inside your system can cause internal parts to rust or become moldy.
While installing an air conditioner cover is your own choice, there are two seasons that are ideal 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 accumulate and obstruct your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more energy to cool your home.
Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from The Frazier Company heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and examine important parts. This often allows us to identify problems before they begin.
How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover
If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple suggestions on picking the ideal cover.
Avoid Full Covers
To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your equipment and a few inches on the side.
Full AC covers can trap moisture inside your system, potentially eating away at metal parts. It could also make your AC a welcoming home for rodents, 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 condensation to build up inside your air conditioner. 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 decide 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 smoothly while keeping grass clippings and sticks out.
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Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall
A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other waste 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 coming. Snow and ice that collect inside your system can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and reducing efficiency.
Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a strong storm is coming in Omaha. Hail can critically damage your system’s coils, affecting efficiency.
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We Can Help Your AC System Run Efficiently
Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, The Frazier Company gives assistance. Give us a call at 402-628-0206 or schedule an appointment online.