How to Landscape Properly Around AC Compressors
Your cooling system’s efficiency is tested all summer long due to the extreme temperatures and increased humidity. You can help your heating and cooling system and boost its energy efficiency by paying more attention to your outside HVAC unit.
Proper landscaping and controlling rodents around your exterior unit is the key to staying cool and comfortable during the various heat waves this summer. Take advantage of Gainesville Mechanical’s landscaping tips and get the best cooling experience out of your HVAC system.
Landscaping Tips Around Outside HVAC Units
Outside HVAC units can handle any weather, from rain and wind to snow and ice. However, during the hotter months, your heating and cooling system deals with increased temperatures and humidity.
Your outside HVAC unit suffers more when the sun beats down on it and debris builds up on it. There are several things you can do with your landscaping maintenance to reduce stress on your outdoor HVAC system and boost cooling efficiency in your home.
- Improve Airflow: Reducing the amount of debris cluttering up your outdoor HVAC unit will allow your system to operate more efficiently. Restricted airflow is one of the biggest problems outside HVAC units experience. Grass clippings, leaves, branches and twigs build up on the coils and around the unit, forcing it to work harder to provide cooler temperatures inside your home. If you notice your air conditioner appears to be struggling r to produce consistent temperatures in your home, contact Gainesville Mechanical for air conditioning repairs immediately. We offer 24/7 service with no overtime charges!
- Mow Wisely: When mowing, point the direction of your grass clippings away from your outside HVAC unit. This prevents grass from clogging up your vents or from layering on top of your coils. Any debris on your coils restricts the air flow and doesn’t allow your unit to properly “breathe.” Clean coils will allow your outdoor HVAC unit to cool off faster during the hottest parts of the day.
- Use Your Hands: Instead of using a weed eater to tame weeds around your outdoor HVAC component, pull them by hand. You can go even further by using an herbicide spray on weeds around your unit if pulling them by hand doesn’t do the trick. A weed eater can do damage to the internal parts inside your outside HVAC unit, such as cutting wires, tubes, or the refrigerant lines. Damaged components can be expensive to repair, especially when they aren’t addressed right away. Call Gainesville Mechanical if you notice anything is dented or scratched with your outdoor HVAC unit.
- Monitor Vegetation: Shrubs, bushes and trees close to your outdoor HVAC unit grow rapidly during the summer months, especially when heavy rains occur. Any vegetation growing around your exterior unit needs to be at least two to three feet away on all sides. By keeping trees, bushes and shrubs trimmed back, the airflow around your outside HVAC unit is kept clear and prevents debris from clogging or damaging the exterior components.
Keep Critters Out
During the winter months, critters seek shelter in warm places, such as inside your outside HVAC unit. When you mow your lawn or trim your vegetation around the exterior component, look for signs of pests, such as scratches, chew marks or droppings. Rodents can chew through wiring or damage the fins on the coil. Droppings, urine and debris from critters can produce an assortment of problems with our outside HVAC unit.
Monitor your exterior component whenever you mow to reduce the risk of a rodent infestation. If you notice pests have infiltrated your outside HVAC unit, contact the professionals at Gainesville Mechanical. We will inspect your unit, clear away any debris, and replace or repair any damaged components. Rodents in your home can be a nuisance and even scary, but critters in your outdoor HVAC unit can be dangerous!
Take advantage of Gainesville Mechanical’s landscaping tips to keep your outside HVAC unit running smoothly during the summer months. Our NATE-certified technicians know what to look for when it comes to debris and damage caused by rodents. Contact Gainesville Mechanical today to schedule service on your heating and cooling system.