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When Should I Cover My Air Conditioner in York

With cold weather approaching in York, 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 engineered to withstand bad weather, including extreme temperatures and torrential precipitation.

Sometimes covers cause more problems, because they can trap condensation. Too much wetness inside your unit can cause internal components 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 waste during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can accumulate and lower your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more power to cool your home.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and examine essential pieces. This often allows us to spot 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 couple of inches on the side.

Full AC covers can trap condensation inside your unit, potentially eating away at metal parts. It could also make your system a welcoming area for vermin, which could chew wires.

Related: What New York 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 air conditioner. The best type of fabric is one that lets in air, 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 unrestricted while keeping grass clippings and branches out.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will block leaves, nuts and other debris from dropping into your system.

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your York System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You should temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know heavy snow is on the way. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you should temporarily cover your air conditioner if a severe storm is imminent in York. Hail can critically damage your system’s fins, affecting 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, Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning gives aid. Give us a call at 717-383-4479 or schedule an appointment online.

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