SAFETY TIPS AND SHRUBS
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It's essential that plants not be too close to the unit. You'll most likely want to leave at least three feet of space between the unit and your plants. Never put plants on top of your AC unit as well. In general, it's best to err on the side of caution when it comes to putting things near your air conditioner. Call today to schedule a service call and protect your home and family.
Why does your AC unit need space? If the plants are too close, they can restrict airflow, meaning your air conditioner ends up having to work harder. Plants that are too near the unit can also get pulled into the compressor when it’s running, meaning you’ll be more likely to need AC repair.
You also want to leave plenty of space around your AC unit so that a technician can get close to it when it is time for inspection, maintenance, or repairs. If vegetation is growing up and around the unit, it can be difficult for a person to access the compressor to inspect it or make needed repairs.
Keeping the general three-foot rule in mind, some plants are better suited for being placed around or in front of an air conditioner than others. If your goal is to conceal the unit, you might want to plant a row of evergreen shrubs in front of it.
Plants that grow quickly or that have a tendency to vine or take over an area aren’t a good match for the area around your AC unit. Planting ivy, vinca, or other types of vining ground cover near your AC compressor can mean that you need AC repair in Central Florida more frequently. Vining plants are likely to grow up and over the unit, blocking its airflow, or in some cases, climbing inside of the unit itself.
It’s also a good idea to keep any plants that lose petals or leaves away from your AC. You don’t want petals to get into the coils or to be sucked into the unit while it’s operating. The same is true of leaves.
Trees and Your Air Conditioner
Usually, it’s a good idea to locate your AC unit on the side of your house that gets the most shade. If your AC is located in a sunny spot, it’s going to have to work harder to keep your home cool during the summer. When your AC is in the shade, you can save money on energy bills and reduce the amount of strain placed on your system.
A large tree can provide the shade your air conditioner needs to run efficiently, even on the hottest, sunniest days. The trick is to place the tree at an appropriate distance from the compressor so that it offers shade without blocking the unit. Ideally, a shade tree will be about 15 feet from your AC unit. That way, the leaves won’t fall into the unit itself and the branches won’t block it. A tree that’s about 15 feet from the house and the air conditioner unit is also less likely to fall on your home or the AC, reducing the risk of damage.