With cold weather approaching in South Beloit and Belvidere, you may be wondering when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you should even cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a strong piece of equipment. It’s designed to resist severe} weather, including excessive temperatures and torrential precipitation.

Sometimes covers cause more problems because they can trap moisture. Extra wetness inside your unit can cause internal pieces to rust or get moldy.

While installing an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two seasons that are great for using a cover for an extended period of time—fall and summer.

That’s because yard rubbish during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can pile up and lower your system’s airflow. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works longer and may use more electricity to cool your home.

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at critical components. This often allows us to spot trouble before they begin.

How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you come to the conclusion you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple suggestions on picking the ideal cover.

Avoid Full Covers

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

Complete AC covers can trap condensation inside your unit, potentially rusting metal components. It could also make your system a welcoming area for animals, which could eat through wires.

Related: What New 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 system. The best type of clot 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

If you want to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to put it on.

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 twigs out.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

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

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You can temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know heavy snow is approaching. Snow and ice that build up inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your system if a severe storm is imminent in South Beloit and Belvidere. Hail can critically damage your system’s exterior, 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, Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc offers assistance. Give us a call at 877-389-2465 or schedule an appointment online.