With cold weather approaching in Weatherford, 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 sturdy piece of equipment. It’s engineered to resist bad weather, including extreme temperatures and relentless precipitation.

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

While using an air conditioner cover is your own 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 block your system’s airflow. Reduced 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 Parker County Cooling & Heating heating and cooling professionals can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and examine essential pieces. This often allows us to pinpoint issues before they begin.

Choosing the Right Air Conditioner Cover

If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a few ideas on choosing the right cover.

Avoid Full Covers

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

Total AC covers can trap condensation inside your unit, potentially corroding metal pieces. It could also make your air conditioner an inviting place for rodents, 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 condensation to build up inside your system. 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 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 block leaves, nuts and other rubbish 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 coming. Snow and ice that collect inside your air conditioner can melt and refreeze, harming condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a strong storm is coming in Weatherford. Hail can seriously damage your system’s coils, impacting efficiency.

Related: How Severe Weather Can Lead to AC Repair

We Can Help Keep Your AC Protected

Whether you have questions about heating and cooling or need air conditioning service, Parker County Cooling & Heating gives aid. Give us a call at 817-380-5213 or schedule an appointment online.