As homeowners, we all know the importance of routinely inspecting, cleaning and maintaining our heating and cooling system. Yes, we all give focus to our AC in the springtime and our furnace in the winter time, but many of us are unsure of the type of maintenance and care, if any, that need be provided to any outdoor cooling units. Most people are concerned about mandatory inspections and maintenance and whether or not they should be using an air conditioner cover once the hot summer months are over.
Here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling we want all our valued clients to fully understand the must do’s and don’t have to’s when it comes to your outside air conditioning unit. When summer comes to a close, it is important for homeowners to put an air conditioner cover in place since the design and manufacture of your outside AC unit does not include the handling of such items as acorns, seeds, branches, or leaves. Yes, your outside air conditioning unit can withstand and handle all types of elements including rain and snow, but indeed it is not constructed to handle the other outdoor items listed above.
With that said, we strongly advise you to cover your outdoor AC unit in the fall since that is the time of year when leaves, seeds, acorns, branches and the likes are abundant. If these items get into your outside air conditioner they can, over time, cause a blockage to your systems moisture drainage and can also cause corrosion. When you do apply an air conditioner cover be certain that it does not cover the entire unit since doing so will only trap moisture and ultimately cause even more corrosion and rust. So, whether you buy a cover or concoct your own, make sure it does not cover the entire unit from top to bottom.
Though we highly recommend you cover your outside air conditioner in the fall it is not mandatory that the unit be covered throughout the winter. You may think that it is necessary to cover it to keep snow and ice from getting in. However, we want to remind you that outdoor air conditioners are constructed to endure all types of outdoor elements and weather conditions, including snow and ice, so a cover is truly not necessary. Should you be concerned about moisture getting into the AC unit and think it best to apply an air conditioner cover, then be advised that when you cover the unit you are actually trapping moisture in – moisture that will eventually produce mold so again, it is not only unnecessary to cover the unit but it is much better not to cover the outside unit.
We hope the information we have provided here has been useful and we want to remind you yet again, that the only time you really need to cover your outside air conditioner unit would be in the fall months. Please remember if you are in need of an air conditioner or perhaps you are looking for a simple, but attractive air conditioner cover, simply give a shout out to one of our experts and let us help you choose the perfect product or system for your home. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and to providing you with the best all round HVAC products and services this side of Nashville and don’t forget – South Nashville Heating and Cooling is your go to company for all your heating and cooling needs!!