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When Should I Cover My Air Conditioner in Alice

With cold weather approaching in Alice, 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 engineered to withstand bad weather, including extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Sometimes covers do more harm than good, because they can trap condensation. Too much 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 a long period of time—fall and summer.

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

Seeking other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Annual AC maintenance from Rescue Heating & Air heating and cooling technicians can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your system, and inspect important parts. This often allows us to spot problems 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 system and a couple of inches on the side.

Total AC covers can trap moisture inside your equipment, potentially rusting metal pieces. It could also make your system an inviting home for rodents, which could chew wires.

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

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers stop air, which could cause moisture to build up inside your unit. 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 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 twigs out.

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

Cover Your Air Conditioner During Fall

A breathable canvas cover will halt leaves, nuts and other debris from dropping into your unit.

Related: Tips for Cleaning Your Alice System

Cover Your Air Conditioner Before Severe Weather

You should 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, damaging condenser coils and lowering efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to anticipate a hailstorm, you should temporarily cover your AC if a severe storm is imminent in Alice. Hail can critically damage your system’s coils, impacting 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, Rescue Heating & Air gives aid. Give us a call at 361-265-4371 or schedule an appointment online.

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