After you spend the time to choose a new air conditioner, you might be eager to set up an installation date. However, that spiffy new unit might not be able to do its job unless you pave the way beforehand. Here are two landscaping mistakes that could affect your air conditioner, and how you can fend off trouble:
1: Planting Shrubs or Tall Grasses Nearby
Since air conditioners typically aren't designed to act as focal points for your yard, some people are tempted to cover them up with shrubs or tall grasses. Unfortunately, since your air conditioner relies on a steady incoming stream of fresh air, planting landscaping too closely could impact your system. As your air conditioner struggles to circulate air over condenser coils, it might put extra strain on system components, which could shorten the life of your unit.
Fortunately, you can protect your air conditioner by keeping the area around your system clear. Never plant bushes, ground covers, or ivy near your system—which could grow over your unit and impact airflow. To stay on the safe side, refer to the manufacturers clearance recommendations and follow them to the letter of the law.
If you have a small yard or you can't live without your complicated landscaping, opt for an indoor, ductless system instead. That way, you can plant shrubs to your heart's content without worrying about how it will affect the aesthetics of your yard.
2: Not Tidying Up Yard Debris
Unfortunately, limiting your system's airflow isn't the only way that you might unintentionally damage your system. If you leave yard debris lying around your unit, it could make its way inside of your system and damage fan blades, internal circuitry, and hoses.
Hard items like wood chips, children's toys, and rocks can get shot around inside of your air conditioner, where they can act as dangerous projectiles to delicate parts. If leaves are allowed to fall into your system, they can clog the fins that surround your unit and impact airflow.
To keep problems at bay, never place your air conditioner near flowerbeds, children's play areas, gravel driveways, or trees that lose a lot of leaves. Keep your yard clean and tidy, and check your unit for garbage regularly. To make sure that your unit is ready to go in the summer, hire a professional technician to clean the inside of your air conditioner and inspect it for damage.
By creating an open, clean area for your air conditioner and having it inspected by a professional, you might be able to enjoy a cooler home and fewer HVAC issues throughout the season. (For more information, contact Uni-Serv Air Conditioning Co or another company)