Anyone that has a central AC has a unit outside should know it is doing some major work to keep your home cool. It is imperative that this unit has enough space around it to work properly. Depending on what you have going on in your backyard, the space needs to be more or less. Ensuring you have enough space outside for your unit is an important part of your AC installation. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about what kind of clearance you should have around your outdoor AC unit.
Importance of a Site AC Inspection
Before you have a new outdoor unit installed in your home, you have to have an HVAC professional come and inspect the site. This is an important step that shouldn’t be skipped. This gives your HVAC company the chance to look at the site and locate any potential problems that need to be addressed prior to installation. They can prevent errors that could happen during installation and also prepare more effectively for the installation process.
Importance of Following Proper AC Clearance Recommendations
For any AC unit to work effectively, it needs to have airflow that is unrestricted over the compressor and the condenser. When there are obstructions that don’t allow that airflow to be there, you could end up damaging your unit. When airflow is restricted, you could also run into problems like ineffective cooling, higher electrical bills and a shortened lifespan on your unit all together.
How Much Space is Needed Around Condenser Unit?
Before talking about how much space is required for an outdoor AC unit, it’s important to note that every manufacturer will likely have different spacing recommendations. Most of them will require at least 12-24 inches of clearance around the entire unit. There are different types of obstructions that will all come different recommendations as well. Here are some obstructions and the guidelines that come with them.
– Walls & Fences: If you have walls or fences constructed around your unit, you need to have a minimum of 24 inches clearance around the obstruction.
– Landscaping: It may be tempting to plant shrubs and other plants to help camouflage your outdoor unit, but this should be avoided so that your unit has enough airflow. If you do have plants around your unit, make sure you are trimming them regularly to maintain that two feet needed for airflow purposes.
– Mechanical Vents: Dryer vents, gas vents, kitchen hood vents and other mechanical vents should be considered when it comes to your outdoor unit as well. There should be a minimum of eight feet between these vents and your unit.
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