Shrubs and fences that are placed around your air conditioning compressor or packaged unit might look attractive, but they do more harm than good. Any sort of obstruction can block the air that’s needed for your HVAC equipment to perform properly. Here’s why it’s so important to leave plenty of space around the outdoor unit.
The Dangers of Restricted Airflow
- If air can’t reach the outdoor unit, ice develops around the coils and fins. This can cause irreparable damage.
- Pollen from nearby plants and trees clogs the small spaces between the fins and decreases the unit’s energy efficiency. Additional maintenance is required to remove this debris.
- Even weeds and grasses can restrict the airflow when the clippings are thrown against the sides of the unit.
- Never place anything on top of the compressor. This can damage the fan blades or refrigerant lines.
- In Lake Park, Florida, leaves from deciduous trees will rain onto your outdoor unit in the spring and fall. Be careful when planting crepe myrtles, maples, oaks, jacarandas and other landscape trees close to your HVAC equipment.
- Think twice before putting roses and thorny bushes near your compressor. Even the most intrepid technician won’t look forward to checking your air conditioning equipment.
- In our climate, trees and shrubs grow quickly. If you’re purchasing landscape plants, research their height and width. If the plants that you like are large or fast growing, be prepared to trim them regularly.
- Electrical lines are easily damaged by lawnmowers and weed whackers that are needed to control vegetation near the HVAC equipment.
- Fences also limit the airflow and might cause damage and costly repairs. If your HOA has rules about concealing compressors and reducing operating noise, try to find the least restrictive solution.
Breathing Room for Your HVAC Equipment
Don’t invade your air conditioner’s personal space. Keep obstructions 2 to 3 feet away from all sides of the compressor. For more tips on maintaining your HVAC equipment and improving its energy efficiency, call Mechanical Air Conditioning at 561-899-4587.