With cold weather on the horizon in Croydon, 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 sturdy piece of equipment. It’s designed to resist bad weather, including intense temperatures and heavy precipitation.

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

While putting on an air conditioner cover is a personal choice, there are two periods that are great for using a cover for a long period of time—fall and summer.

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

Looking for other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and inspect important components. This often allows us to identify problems before they begin.

Choosing the Right Air Conditioner Cover

If you decide you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a few tips on selecting the best cover.

Avoid Full Covers

To keep air circulating, a protective air conditioner cover should only surround the top of your system and a few inches on the side.

Full AC covers can trap water inside your unit, potentially corroding metal components. It could also make your air conditioner an inviting home for rodents, which could sever wires.

Related: What New 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 material is one that lets in air, like canvas or mesh.

Related: How AC Repair & Maintenance Can Actually Save You Money

When You Should Cover Your Air Conditioner

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

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 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 System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You can temporarily cover your air conditioner in the winter when you know a snowstorm is approaching. Snow and ice that collect inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a strong storm is approaching in Croydon. Hail can seriously damage your system’s fins, altering efficiency.

Related: How Severe Weather Can Lead to AC Repair

We Can Make Sure Your AC Is Always Covered

Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC offers aid. Give us a call at 215-741-5505 or schedule an appointment online.