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When Should I Cover My Air Conditioner in Payson

With cold weather coming in Payson, you may be questioning when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you should even cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a sturdy piece of equipment. It’s designed to take on severe weather, including intense temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues, because they can trap condensation. Additional wetness inside your system can cause internal components to rust or get moldy.

There are two times of year 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 accumulate and lower your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more energy to cool your home.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from North Mechanical Heating and Cooling heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and inspect critical parts. This often allows us to pinpoint trouble 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 unit and a few inches on the side.

Complete AC covers can trap water inside your equipment, potentially rusting metal pieces. It could also make your AC an inviting place for rodents, which could sever wires.

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

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers stop air, which could cause condensation to build up inside your unit. The best type of fabric 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 smoothly while keeping grass clippings and sticks out.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

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

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your Payson System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You should temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know a blizzard is coming. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your system can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to predict a hailstorm, you should temporarily cover your air conditioner if a strong storm is approaching in Payson. 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, North Mechanical Heating and Cooling provides help. Give us a call at 928-263-8570 or schedule an appointment online.

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