Many homeowners consider an outdoor central air conditioning unit to be an eyesore and like to conceal it with strategically planted landscaping. That’s all well and good, but it’s crucial not to block air flow to the unit in the process. Here are three considerations when planning your next lawn beautification project.
Make sure to leave adequate space between the air conditioning unit and your plants to avoid restricting air flow around the coils. Plants and shrubs should be at least 2 to 3 feet from your AC unit on all sides, and you should plan the landscaping so that the air conditioner remains accessible for maintenance and repairs. If you have trees or other tall plants growing above the unit, trim them regularly to keep a minimum 5-foot clearance between them and the air conditioner. It is also beneficial to position your plants so that minimal matter falls into the unit.
One thing that many homeowners never consider is the fact that, in addition to giving the area a more natural look, landscaping around your air conditioner can help improve its efficiency. Placing plant life around your AC unit so that it’s in the shade most of the day helps keep the temperature down, so the unit doesn’t have to work as hard to cool your home.
Types of plants
Homeowners have many plant options to choose from when planning landscaping around an air conditioner. Plants that don’t lose their leaves during the colder months are ideal for concealing the unit, and because their leaves don’t fall, they reduce the amount of sweeping and raking needed to keep the area clear of debris. Hedges and shrubs are a popular choice and can be trimmed to your preferred shape and height. Building a lattice around your AC unit to guide climbing plants is also an attractive and relatively simple option.
Regardless of the landscaping options you choose, be sure to trim all greenery near the air conditioner regularly to maximize airflow and efficiency. If you have questions about your outdoor air unit or are looking for additional tips for landscaping around an air conditioner, contact Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling today – we’re here to help, because that’s how neighbors should treat neighbors!