With cold weather on the horizon in Yukon, you may be wondering when you should cover your outdoor air conditioner. Of if you have to 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 components to rust or become moldy.

While using an air conditioner cover is your own choice, there are two periods that are good to use a cover for a lengthy period of time—fall and summer.

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

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Regular AC maintenance from Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and take a close look at critical parts. This often allows us to spot trouble before they begin.

How to Choose an Air Conditioner Cover

If you decide you want to cover your air conditioner, here are a couple suggestions on choosing the best cover.

Avoid Full Covers

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

Full AC covers can trap water inside your unit, potentially eating away at metal parts. It could also make your AC an inviting area for vermin, which could eat through wires.

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

Don’t Use Plastic or Vinyl Covers

Plastic or vinyl covers impede air, which could cause condensation to build up inside your unit. The best type of material is one that’s breathable, like canvas or mesh.

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

When It’s Time to Cover your AC

If you decide 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 stop leaves, nuts and other rubbish from dropping 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 blizzard is on the way. Snow and ice that accumulate inside your system 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 severe storm is coming in Yukon. Hail can critically damage your system’s exterior, impacting 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, Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning gives help. Give us a call at 405-494-7444 or schedule an appointment online.