Why Your Air Conditioner Unit Needs Clearance

Outdoor air conditioner units need space to work properly.  Without the proper space, your air conditioner unit will work less efficiently, which leads to higher energy costs and a shorter lifespan.  Here are several tips to keep the space around your unit clear:

Why Your Air Conditioner Unit Needs Clearance

Why do air conditioner units need space around them?

There are two reasons your air conditioner unit needs space.  First, air conditioners need air to flow in and out of the unit.  Surrounding the unit with plants or other items limits air flow, which will lower efficiency and create more heat in your air conditioner.

Second, plants and other debris produce dust and dirt that can cover air conditioner coils.  An air conditioner with dirty coils will run less efficiently.  Keeping the space around the air conditioner open will reduce the chance of dirt, dust, and pollen from getting in your unit.

A less efficient system can cause several problems.  Your unit will run longer and use more energy.  Also, parts will wear down quicker, which means more repairs than necessary.  In the long run, an inefficient unit may need to be replaced earlier than usual.

What can I do to keep space around the unit?

There are several things you can do to keep the space around your air conditioner unit clear.  First, remove any objects surrounding your air conditioner.  Ideally, you will have at least two feet of clear space around your unit and five feet of clearance above.

Second, keep your lawn maintained around your unit.  Trim any trees, bushes, and other plants that may grow nearby.

Third, have your air conditioner professionally inspected and serviced at least once a year.  A professional can clean your coils and provide you with personalized tips on keeping the space around your air conditioner open.

Have questions?  Contact us today!

If you have questions about how to keep your air conditioner working at its best, contact us today!  Our experienced technicians will keep your air conditioner running efficiently all summer long.