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.
Plants, shrubs and grasses should be planted two to three feet away from your air conditioning unit. Trees should have a six to ten foot height clearance from your unit. Unfortunately, as these plants grow, they may inch closer and closer to your unit. When this occurs, it is important to prune, cut or trim them back. However, many homeowners wonder if this is really necessary and why. Here are three reasons why it is important to trim greenery back from your air conditioning unit.
It Can Shorten the Life Span of Your Air Conditioning Unit
One of the top reasons why you should trim greenery back from your air conditioning unit is because anything that can block the flow of air into your unit, including fences, gates and shrubs, can shorten the lifespan of your air conditioning unit. An air conditioning unit works by pulling in or suctioning air into the unit to cool. When the unit kicks on, a large fan begins to blow and this air is pulled in through the fins. The fan turns and operates at the same speed, regardless of how much air is pulled. This wears on the gears, belts and other internal parts in the unit. However, when your unit is not able to pull in much air, it continues to run for longer than it otherwise would if it could get the air it needs. This places more wear on the fan, gears and belts, which ultimately can lead to a shorter lifespan for your air conditioning unit.
It Can Cost You More Money
Another reason why cutting greenery back from your air conditioning unit is important is because it can cost you money if you fail to do so. As mentioned above, your unit will run for longer if it can't get the air it needs. Not only does this cause the unit to wear out faster, but it also increases your energy usage, which can cost your power bill to increase.
Your Unit and Home May Get Dirtier
The last reason why it is important to cut shrubs, bushes, grass and low lying tree branches away from your air conditioning unit is because they can cause more dirt and dust to be present in your air conditioning unit, which may ultimately cause more dirt and dust to appear in your home. Your air conditioner's filter can only block out so much dirt, dust, pollen, dander and debris in the air. Eventually, it gets full and may be unable to effectively filter the air. When this happens, these items may be blown into your home. Having a plant close by increases the amount of dust and pollen blown into the fan, which increases the likelihood of the filter filling up before you can check it.
Trimming back the greenery around your air conditioner is just one of the things you can do to help your air conditioner live a long and full life. However, this is not the only thing an air conditioning unit needs in order to last as long as it is designed to. The air conditioning unit also needs to be inspected and cleaned yearly and be repaired quickly if it is showing signs of distress. If your air conditioner is in need of service, contact an air conditioning contractor today, such as Magnolia Plumbing.Share
28 July 2017