Considerations For Outdoor AC Unit Placement

If you have decided to install a central AC system in your home, then you need to think about a few things beforehand. One of these things is the potential location for the outdoor unit. Most people want the unit placed in an inconspicuous area. However, this is not the only thing you should think about. There are other factors to take into consideration, like the following. 

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is something you likely thought about when picking out your AC system. However, the placement of the unit itself can help with efficiency as well. Specifically, you want to put the unit in a shady area, and you also want to place the unit away from your home a small amount. 

This placement accomplishes a few things. It allows the unit to stay cooler so it doesn't have to work as hard. The coolant remains at a lower temperature, and the entire unit can resist overheating issues and the buildup of warmth within the unit itself. 

Also, the air outside the unit will be cooler, so heat can be successfully pulled away from the coolant once it is pumped back through the system. 

All of these things result in lower energy usage.

Nearby Trees and Plants

While shade does help to keep the unit cooler, you probably do not want a lot of trees and plants overhanging the unit. This can lead to a great deal of debris congesting the fan and vents along the outer surface. These things block air from flowing through the unit and releasing heat from the coolant. If heat is not released, then the coolant cannot be compressed and forced into its fluid form. This is necessary to remove heat from the air once the coolant flows through the unit inside your house. The result is subpar cooling ability and warm air being forced through your vents.

In general, you want at least a two to three foot area around your AC unit that is completely clear of debris. So, you want your AC unit several feet away from all shrubs and trees. 

If there is not an ideal location for your AC unit, then think about constructing a panel enclosure around it instead. An enclosure made of wicker or open lattice are good options to retain airflow while reducing debris buildup. 

If you want to know more about the best location for your AC unit, speak with a residential AC installation expert.