With cold weather on the horizon in Oxford, you may be questioning 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 created to resist inclement weather, including intense temperatures and heavy precipitation.

Sometimes covers do more harm than good because they can trap condensation. Additional wetness inside your equipment can cause internal components to rust or turn moldy.

While using an air conditioner cover is a personal 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 rubbish during those seasons—grass clippings, twigs and leaves—can accumulate and obstruct your system’s airflow. Decreased airflow means your air conditioning unit works more and may use more energy to cool your house.

Wanting other ways to make your air conditioner run efficiently? Routine AC maintenance from Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc heating and cooling experts can help. We’ll clean and lubricate your equipment, and examine critical parts. This often allows us to pinpoint trouble before they begin.

Find the Right Air Conditioner Cover

If you determine you want to cover your air conditioner, here are several ideas on picking the right cover.

Avoid Full Covers

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

Full AC covers can trap moisture inside your equipment, potentially eating away at metal components. It could also make your system a welcoming home for rodents, which could sever 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 moisture to build up inside your air conditioner. The best type of clot is one that lets in air, like canvas or mesh.

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

When You Should Cover Your Air Conditioner

If you want to use an air conditioner cover, here are the best times to use 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 sticks 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 waste from falling into your system.

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 approaching. Snow and ice that collect inside your system can melt and refreeze, damaging condenser coils and reducing efficiency.

Although it’s not always possible to expect a hailstorm, you can temporarily cover your air conditioner if a severe storm is imminent in Oxford. Hail can seriously damage your system’s fins, affecting 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, Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc offers aid. Give us a call at 662-281-1231 or schedule an appointment online.