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When Should I Cover My Air Conditioner in Tuscaloosa

With cold weather approaching in Tuscaloosa, 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 sturdy piece of equipment. It’s engineered to take on bad weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap condensation. Too much wetness inside your system can cause internal pieces to rust or become moldy.

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

That’s because yard debris during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can pile up and obstruct your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more energy to cool your house.

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from KDM Service Corporation heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and inspect critical parts. This often allows us to pinpoint 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 surround the top of your equipment and a couple of inches on the side.

Full AC covers can trap water inside your system, potentially rusting metal pieces. It could also make your air conditioner a welcoming place for rodents, which could sever wires.

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

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers block air, which could cause condensation to build up inside your unit. The best type of material is one that’s breathable, like canvas or mesh.

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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 branches out.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will halt leaves, nuts and other debris from getting into your equipment.

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your Tuscaloosa System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You should temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know a blizzard is approaching. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your AC can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you should temporarily cover your air conditioner if a severe storm is coming in Tuscaloosa. Hail can critically damage your system’s coils, 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, KDM Service Corporation offers help. Give us a call at 205-208-8090 or schedule an appointment online.

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