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When Should I Cover My Air Conditioner in Northglenn

With cold weather on the horizon in Northglenn, you may be thinking when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you need to cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a strong piece of equipment. It’s designed to withstand bad weather, including extreme temperatures and torrential precipitation.

Sometimes covers do more harm than good, because they can trap condensation. Extra wetness inside your equipment can cause internal components to rust or turn moldy.

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

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

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and inspect critical components. This often allows us to identify problems 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 equipment and a couple of inches on the side.

Complete AC covers can trap moisture inside your unit, potentially eating away at metal parts. It could also make your system an inviting home for vermin, which could chew wires.

Related: What New Northglenn 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 air conditioner. The best type of fabric is one that lets in air, 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 branches out.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

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

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your Northglenn System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You should temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know a snowstorm is on the way. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you should temporarily cover your system if a bad storm is imminent in Northglenn. Hail can seriously 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, Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers assistance. Give us a call at 303-452-4146 or schedule an appointment online.

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