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When Should I Cover My Air Conditioner in McHenry

With cold weather coming in McHenry, you may be thinking when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you have to cover it at all.

Your AC unit is a strong piece of equipment. It’s created to withstand inclement weather, including intense temperatures and relentless precipitation.

Sometimes covers cause more problems, because they can trap condensation. Extra wetness inside your equipment can cause internal components to rust or become moldy.

There are two seasons where you should use an air conditioner cover for an extended 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. Diminished airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more energy to cool your house.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Jett's Heating & Air Inc. heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and take a close look at important components. This often allows us to spot issues before they begin.

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air flowing, a protective air conditioner cover should only encompass the top of your equipment and a couple of inches on the side.

Total AC covers can trap water inside your unit, potentially corroding metal parts. It could also make your AC a welcoming place for vermin, which could sever wires.

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

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers block air, which could cause moisture to build up inside your unit. The best type of cloth 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 unrestricted while keeping grass clippings and branches out.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

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

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your McHenry 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 AC can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you should temporarily cover your AC if a bad storm is approaching in McHenry. Hail can severely 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, Jett's Heating & Air Inc. offers assistance. Give us a call at 815-410-1128 or schedule an appointment online.

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