heating and AC, plumbing & electric
heating and AC, plumbing & electric

We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.

If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.

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July 7, 2015

Improve Airflow to Your Outdoor A/C Unit With Proper Landscape Maintenance

Improve Airflow to Your Outdoor A/C Unit With Proper Landscape MaintenanceYou don’t have to live with an unsightly air conditioning box sitting on a concrete pad next to your home. Properly landscaping the area around your outdoor A/C unit can go a long way toward improving the appearance of your home, while allowing for more energy efficient operation.

Maintaining free airflow to the outside unit (also called the condenser/compressor) is essential to efficient and effective air conditioning. The unit needs a regular, unimpeded flow of air in order to accomplish the heat release that’s essential to home cooling.

Landscaping the Area Around Your Outdoor A/C Unit

In order to allow for sufficient airflow to extract and disperse heat energy from the condensing coil, all landscaping and other objects should be kept at least two to three feet away from the outside unit on each side. Above the unit, any trees or shrubs should be cut back to at least five feet. Ensure that no landscaping interferes with easy access by A/C technicians attempting maintenance or repairs.

The other consideration regarding landscaping and efficient A/C operation is shade. When the outside unit is shaded, it has an easier time expelling heat into the shaded, cooler surrounding air than it would in direct sunlight.

Now for Aesthetics

With airflow and shading addressed, the appearance of the outside unit–or hiding it–becomes the main goal of landscaping.

If possible, select shrubs and trees that don’t lose their leaves in the winter. This serves a three-fold purpose:

  1. It saves you the trouble of constantly sweeping and raking when the trees and shrubs lose their leaves.
  2. It prevents fallen leaves and debris from blocking airflow to the outside unit.
  3. In the winter, the landscaping will continue to hide the outside A/C unit from view.

Consider attractive hedges or vegetation-covered lattice-work. Plan to maintain it properly so it serves both its aesthetic and functional purpose with regard to the outside A/C unit.

For more advice on landscaping the area around your outside A/C unit, contact us at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal. We  provide excellent HVAC services to Northwest Arkansas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about A/Cs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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