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When Should I Cover My Air Conditioner in Augusta

With cold weather approaching in Augusta, 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 created to resist inclement weather, including excessive temperatures and torrential precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap water. Additional wetness inside your equipment can cause internal parts to rust or turn moldy.

There are two periods where you should use an air conditioner 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 block your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more power to cool your home.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from McCune Heating & Cooling heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at critical parts. This often allows us to identify issues before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air moving, a protective air conditioner cover should only enclose the top of your equipment and several inches on the side.

Full AC covers can trap moisture inside your equipment, potentially eating away at metal pieces. It could also make your system a welcoming home for rodents, which could chew wires.

Related: What New Augusta Homeowners Need to Know About Their Air Conditioner

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers block air, which could cause moisture 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

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.

Related: How Do I Know if My Augusta Air Conditioner is Running Properly?

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will stop leaves, nuts and other rubbish from getting into your system.

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your Augusta System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You should 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, damaging condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you should temporarily cover your air conditioner if a severe storm is approaching in Augusta. Hail can severely damage your system’s coils, 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, McCune Heating & Cooling offers aid. Give us a call at 316-469-7994 or schedule an appointment online.

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