What Is the Link Between Landscaping Tips and Your HVAC?

landscaping tipsLandscaping can make your outdoor space burst with a sensational appeal, but before you start making your yard beautiful, be sure to consider your outdoor air conditioning unit. Some bushes and trees can cause damage to it and disrupt your home comfort. Follow the landscaping tips below to avoid compromising your unit’s efficiency.

Let the Unit Breathe

Your outdoor AC unit needs enough airflow around its coils to work properly. Make sure you leave a clear space of 2 to 3 feet between your unit and any plants or structures. This space will also allow your unit to be easily accessible for repairs and maintenance. If trees or any other plants are growing above your unit, trim them regularly to maintain 5 feet of clearance between them and the top of your unit.

Make Use of Shade

Landscaping around the outdoor air conditioner is a cost-effective way to reduce your cooling costs. The shade that’s cast on the unit reduces the temperature. As a result, the unit doesn’t have to work hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. What’s more, landscaping around the unit gives the area a more natural look.

Choose Plants Wisely

Falling leaves can impede the AC fan. For that reason, it’s best to landscape around the unit with plants that retain their leaves in the colder months. If you don’t have space for a hedge, an excellent screening option to consider is building a lattice with climbing plants.

Build a Border

The mud left behind by stormy weather and the grass from your lawn mower can be sprayed into the unit. When your condenser coil gets dirty, it can make your compressor work harder and increase its energy consumption considerably. You can keep foliage and rainwater at bay by surrounding the pad that your air conditioner sits on with a stone border. Fill this border with crushed rock.

Whichever landscaping option you choose, remember to trim any plants, trees, and hedges around your AC unit to allow for adequate airflow and to increase efficiency. For additional landscaping tips to maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency, contact NisAir Air Conditioning. Homeowners in Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties can count on us to help them enjoy quality air conditioning.

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