Where you place your air conditioner matters.
You may be tempted to stick your air conditioner or heat pump condenser in the most inconspicuous place without really thinking about the operational drawbacks of certain locations. However, you may want to take some time to consider where you have your air conditioner installed for longterm performance and system life.
Air conditioners and heat pumps pull air in so that they can cool your home. When the air outside is hotter, it means your air conditioner has to work harder to get your home to the set temperature. Often, on extremely hot days, it is harder to lower the temperature of the air being delivered to your home, which can lead to longer run times. In the long run, this can lead to higher bills and potentially more repairs.
So, what can you do about this? Well, ideally an air conditioner should be placed in a spot that…
a) Does not see as much direct sunlight.
b) Is on a cooler side of your house.
Where is this exactly? Well, it is generally the north side of the home.
Of course, it may not be economical to simply move your air conditioner if you aren’t in the replacement market. But, there are still things you can do to make your air conditioner’s job as easy as possible. Make sure that you maintain proper airflow – aim grass clippings away from the condenser and schedule a clean and check appointment during the spring.
Simply shading your air conditioner won’t always work to curb the effects of hot outdoor air because of how much air your unit has to pull in. But, if you plant several trees (keeping proper clearance in mind) it can work to cool the air around your air conditioner and mitigate some of the effects of high summer temperatures.
Is this something you already knew? Make sure you contact your local heating and air conditioning contractor for all of your heating and cooling installation questions.