With cold weather approaching in Alliance, 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 tough piece of equipment. It’s created to resist inclement weather, including intense temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Sometimes covers create more issues because they can trap moisture. Too much wetness inside your system can cause internal pieces to rust or turn moldy.

While installing an air conditioner cover is an individual choice, there are two periods that are ideal for using a 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 obstruct your system’s airflow. Reduced airflow means your air conditioning unit works harder and may use more power to cool your home.

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your unit, and inspect critical parts. This often allows us to spot issues before they begin.

Find the Right Air Conditioner Cover

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

Avoid Full Covers

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

Complete AC covers can trap water inside your system, potentially rusting metal parts. It could also make your air conditioner a welcoming area for vermin, which could chew 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 water to build up inside your air conditioner. The best type of fabric is one that allows airflow, like canvas or mesh.

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

When It’s Time to Cover your AC

If you want to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to install 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 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 block leaves, nuts and other waste from falling into your equipment.

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 build up inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, breaking condenser coils and decreasing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your AC if a bad storm is coming in Alliance. Hail can severely damage your system’s fins, affecting 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, Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces gives help. Give us a call at 308-762-1613 or schedule an appointment online.