If you would like to place plants around your outside AC compressor unit for landscaping purposes, there are some important tips to remember.
First, it is vital that you maximize the space around the unit to allow for venting of the heat from your unit. The fan in your unit must be free to vent the heat that builds up as the gas from the AC unit compresses. If you have been near your outside unit when it is running you know how much hot air it is dispenses. The area around the unit needs to be clear in order for the heat to disperse. Otherwise, the unit works much harder resulting in higher utility bills and a shortened unit life.
Should you decide to plant around the unit, it is a good rule of thumb to make sure plants or bushes are 3-5 feet away from the unit. Many homeowners make the mistake of planting just three feet from the unit and not allowing for the eventual maturity of the plant or bush. The result is a mature plant growing to within inches of the unit, acting as a deterrent to air flow. In addition, plants too close to the unit can shed leaves and debris into the housing. This causes obstructions and makes the unit far less efficient. Keep in mind plants too close to you unit may be damaged by the continuous hot air being propelled from the unit.
Shade trees, particularly if the AC unit is located on the west side of the home, provides cooling cover for the unit and can cut the cooling cost by 10%. The key to a shade tree is to make sure it is drought resistant as the hot air escaping from the unit can be detrimental to the tree. Also, the tree, upon full maturity, should be no less than fifteen feet away from the unit. Leaves and branches otherwise can fall into the fan area. If you do have a nearby tree, be sure and check regularly for leaf and branch obstructions.
Now is the time to call Cogburn’s Heating and Air for your seasonal summer checkup. Our professional technicians are experts on all brands and will check your outside unit thoroughly as part of the service call. Cogburn’s has been the leader in heating and air conditioning service and repair in the greater Denton area since 1999. And, we have an “A” BBB rating. Call us today at 866-523-8762.