With hail storms and heavy rain being a normal part of the spring and summer months, homeowners may be wondering how to protect their outdoor air conditioning units. While A/C units are built to endure harsh weather conditions, it's not a bad idea to use a cover over the unit during certain times of the year. Here are 3 things to know about A/C covers:
1. An A/C cover should only cover the top of the unit. It can come down the sides approximately six inches, but anything longer than that may trap moisture inside, which can cause corrosion, rust, and damage to the interior mechanical parts. You can purchase a custom cover or make your own, but either way it should be made of a light and breathable material. Don't use plastic, which can trap condensation inside the unit instead of allowing it to escape, eventually leading to mold growth.
2. Don't use the cover year-round. Not only can a cover trap in moisture, it won't keep small rodents or other animals away from the unit. During winter months, animals want to get out of the cold, and an A/C cover can provide them with a warm refuge. The best time of the year to use an A/C cover is during the fall months; a cover can help keep seeds, leaves, and other debris from entering the unit and causing damage.
3. Another way to protect your air conditioning unit is to attach a sturdy awning to the side of the building above the unit to keep it safe from ice and snow during winter months. Planting shrubs around the unit will help protect it from wind and debris. The professionals at Golden Seal Service Experts can recommend clearance distances for proper air flow in and around the unit.
For more information about A/C covers, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174