It might surprise you to know that the landscape around your home can contribute to your home’s energy output, for better or for worse. In this blog, we will address the following points:
Why landscaping matters for your HVAC
Is your landscaping layout working?
How to landscape around your AC Unit
Why Landscaping Matters for Your HVAC
New England summer months can bring high temperatures and moisture. When the condensing unit is situated in direct sunlight (primarily between noon and 4pm) it is harder for it to dissipate heat removed from the house. This makes the air conditioner work harder and, in turn, less efficiently.
The accumulation of yard debris can block air flow, also decreasing the unit’s efficiency, and possibly resulting in higher repair costs and decreased life span of your cooling system.
Is Your Current Landscaping Layout Working?
Performing a quick visual check of your outdoor A/C unit can help you identify potential issues:
- Is your condenser exposed to direct sunlight?
- Is there at least 2ft around the entire unit allowing for maintenance repair and proper air circulation?
- Has your AC been causing you trouble this summer?
We can access the situation during your annual AC tune-up. Check out our blog about the important of regular A/C maintenance visits here.
Best landscaping practices for HVAC health and home beauty
Landscaping is both beautifying and a preventative measure for your air conditioning unit. Below are some of our favorite landscape practices.
Plant in pots
Potted plants are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they allow for breathability around the unit. Also, planting in pots makes for an easier cleanup during fall when leaf clutter is most burdensome.
Add a fence
Building a fence around your HVAC unit is advantageous for multiple reasons. The fence will keep out most debris, especially during storms. Fences conceal the presence of the condensing unit and can blend into the current landscape of your home. Be sure the fence is vented, ensuring plenty of air flow, and that there is a minimum of 3 feet on every side to allow room for an HVAC technician to service your unit..
Removing the direct exposure of sunlight will keep your condenser cool and operating at peak performance. Planting a tree, especially one that does not shed in the fall, will add ample shade and minimal maintenance.
For other money and energy saving tips, check out our previous blog on this topic.
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If your question isn’t answered here, contact the friendly team at Genove Oil & Air, and we’ll find a solution for your home or business.