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When Should I Cover My Air Conditioner in Safford

With cold weather on the horizon in Safford, 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 tough piece of equipment. It’s created to resist bad weather, including excessive temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers do more harm than good, because they can trap moisture. Too much wetness inside your equipment can cause internal pieces to rust or become moldy.

There are two seasons where you should use an air conditioner cover for a long period of time—fall and summer.

That’s because yard rubbish during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can accumulate and block your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your home.

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from B&D Air Conditioning heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and take a close look at critical components. This often allows us to identify trouble before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your system, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your system a cozy place for rodents, which could eat through wires.

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

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers impede air, which could cause water to build up inside your system. The best type of material is one that allows airflow, 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 freely while keeping grass clippings and twigs out.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will stop leaves, nuts and other waste from dropping into your equipment.

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your Safford System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You should temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know a blizzard is on the way. Snow and ice that build up inside your air conditioner 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 AC if a strong storm is coming in Safford. Hail can critically 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, B&D Air Conditioning gives assistance. Give us a call at 928-432-6018 or schedule an appointment online.

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