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Landscape around AC unit
Having air conditioning in your home is a beautiful thing, but the outdoor air compressor can be an eyesore. With the right landscaping, the outdoor unit can be out of sight and the right landscaping can also help your system run more efficiently too. When the hot summer months arrive three things are essential; water, food and air conditioning. There isn’t much more that matters after that and there are ways to minimize that chances that it will break down in the hottest day of the year! The three biggest outdoor threats to a functioning air conditioning unit are restricted air flow, dirt and debris, and damage to the condenser unit.
Ways to Hide & Protect your Air Conditioner Unit Outside
1. Airflow. The air compressor needs an adequate flow of air to work properly. You need to make sure there is at least 2 to 3 feet of space between the unit and any structures. There also needs to be at least 5 feet of space between the top of the unit and any trees above it. Your owner’s manual will let you know exactly how much space is needed. The right space will also make it easy for you or a technician to get to the unit for any service.
2. Shade. A good way to make sure your AC unit will run efficiently is to make sure it’s installed in the shade and out of the sun. Shading your house and the air compressor is a great way to reduce solar heat gain into your home and reduce air conditioning costs.
3. Plants. Planting a hedge will do a lot to hide an AC unit, but you’ll need to keep it trimmed to prevent leaved from falling into it. Leaves can impede the fan, so make sure to pick trees that don’t loose their leaves in the fall. These include oak and beech trees. You can also ask at the garden center or use a lattice with vines if there isn’t enough room for a hedge.
4. Create a border. When a condenser coil gets dirty from grass clippings or mud, it makes the compressor work harder than required and will have you using more energy. Keep the condenser clean by building a border of stone filled with rocks around the pad that the unit is sitting on. This will allow rainwater to drain away and foliage from getting to it.
5. Watch lawn tools. The tools you use to keep your landscaping looking great can damage you AC unit. Lawn mowers can kick rocks up against it and it can also be bumped by a trimmer or a mower.
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You can protect your AC unit and lower your AC bills through landscaping around the unit. When a condenser works harder, every minute it’s running, you’re losing money and increasing the likelihood that your system will break down during the hot summer months. If you’re unsure of any landscaping you’re planning around your AC unit, contact the professionals at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning for advice.