It is time to start thinking about heating your home instead of cooling it. Yes, Labor Day is the day you stop wearing white shoes and you cover up your air conditioner. Ok, maybe we have a little more heat coming our way, but in no time at all, you will need to cover your air conditioner for the upcoming winter season. No, not everyone needs to cover their air conditioner, but if your yard is littered with leaves and other debris every fall, you need to consider protecting your air conditioner in this way.
A Myth You May Believe
The myth that many buy into is that covering any air conditioner will prolong its life. In many cases this is false unless it is combined with other maintenance services. The only reason I would cover my air conditioner would be to keep leaves out of it. Protecting it from snow and ice doesn’t help lengthen its life. If it did then you would need to run outside with an umbrella every time it rains. The reasoning behind keeping the leaves out is simple. Decomposing leaves, and other debris, hold moisture next to the metal components of the air conditioner. Over time, this causes these valuable parts to rust, and they can fail prematurely.
A Common Mistake
If you do need to protect your air conditioner from leaves be carful when choosing your cover. Wrapping your air conditioner to tightly with plastic or a cover that is too small can form an air tight space inside the unit. This will act just like a little green house on sunny days, and will cause it to rust out more quickly than if you had done nothing to protect the unit. Remember you just need to keep the leaves out, that’s all.
If you are worried you may choose the wrong type of cover, call Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning. Most manufacturers make covers that look good and are made with vents that allow the unit to breath. Four Seasons can help you find the perfect air conditioner cover that will be safe to use for your air conditioner. Protecting our air conditioner is a simple thing to do. Have the system cleaned yearly, and be careful with “homemade” air conditioner covers. Allow the pros at Four Seasons to get you the year round protection you need.