I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
If you live in an area that experiences extremely high temperatures during the summer months, then you need to keep your home as cool as possible. Air conditioners can assist you with this, but if you have been using a window unit, then the appliance probably can't accommodate your needs. A central air conditioning system has the power and efficiency to cool an entire home, and an HVAC contractor from a site like http://rbincorporated.com/ can help you choose the right sized compressor for the size of your residence. The compressor must sit outdoors and it will be installed in an area where it will receive a decent amount of air flow. The compressor may not match the decor of your home though. Thankfully, you can hide it. Keep reading to learn how you can do this without sacrificing the function of your air conditioning system.
Add a Fence
The air conditioning compressor secured outside your home works by forcing air against coolant coils. The refrigerant in these coils cools the air that passes by and the cooled air is forced into your home with the help of a fan. Air must be drawn into the compressor unit at a regular rate to function properly. Hot air is also released, because the compressor coils and the moving parts in the device create heat that must be dispelled. This helps to reduce overheating concerns, and air must flow around the air conditioner to keep it working well.
Your HVAC contractor may inform you to keep barriers and objects away from the compressor to retain good air flow. This means you cannot place a solid and high fence around the compressor unit. You can place a fence though, as long as you choose the right type.
Choosing Fencing Materials
Normal fencing materials will block air and they will also heat up substantially when placed next to the heat vents of the air conditioning unit. Heat concerns mean that vinyl, PVC, and wood fencing are poor choices to create a barrier around your air conditioner. Steel, aluminum, and iron will work well though. When you buy the fence, make sure it is three to five feet high so air can flow over the fence. Also, fencing that has one to two inch openings between slats or beams is a good choice too. Lattice fencing is an option as well, and this type of fence can be made with aluminum or other metal materials.
If you do decide to place a metal fence around the air conditioner, make sure it is covered with a rust resistant coating. Air conditioners produce moisture that may cause rust to form on the back side of the fence. The rust can then blow into the compressor filter and cause a clog. Add a layer of rust resistant primer or paint that contains zinc to the surface of the metal fence for the best protection.
Plant a Tree
Your HVAC contractor may advise you to remove bushes and trees from the area directly around your air conditioner compressor. The leaves, branches, bark, and other debris from the greenery can easily blow into the air conditioning unit. All trees do not need to be removed from the area though, and the right tree can actually be planted several feet from the compressor to hide it properly as long as it is the right species.
If you want to plant a tree near your air conditioning unit, then consider buying an evergreen type of tree. These trees do not lose their leaves during the winter months. You do not need to purchase a pine tree though. You can choose from a wide variety of broad leaf evergreen trees to add beauty, shade, and color to your property.
If you decide to invest in the installation of a central air conditioning system, then you may not enjoy the appearance of the compressor sitting outside your home. Fortunately, you can successfully hide the unit without stopping the appliance from working properly.Share
17 March 2015