If you have an air conditioner, you should consider the following landscaping tips for air conditioning platforms to improve the efficiency of your AC.
After building the right air conditioning platforms, it is important to do proper landscaping around your unit. ACs do not add much to your backyard since they are not aesthetically appealing. The air conditioners of today are more efficient than ever, but we all want to make them as invisible as possible especially during the summer months when you are spending a lot of time in your backyard with friends and family.
Landscaping around your AC is the best way you can hide your AC from view. But there is a right way to do it – so here are some tips for you.
Keep plants 1 metre away
You should keep your plants one metre away when landscaping around an air conditioner. Any closer than that will obstruct the airflow. This could result in more repairs, less energy efficiency, and a shorter lifespan. All these things will cost you more money and we know you would rather spend that on your summer activities and not on your AC. You will also create enough space for your AC company to do repairs when required.
Ensure there is enough shade
When you are in the shade, you will always feel cooler. This also applies to your AC. Shading the condenser of your AC is largely ineffective. If there is not at least 1.5m of clearance above the AC, airflow will be restricted and that is not good for your air conditioner. You should also raise your AC, but not too high that you will require sophisticated roof safety systems to do repairs.
What you will need is a shade for your yard. This is the best way to create a micro-climate that is cooler than a yard that receives direct sunlight. When you create a slightly cooler climate around your AC, you will help your AC perform more efficiently. It is recommended to use tall shrubs, trees and hedges to achieve enough shade. Since dirt, leaves and grass can clog up the condenser of your AC, you will have to be on top of the trimming and raking.
A tree that sheds leaves in autumn is the best option for your house since it provides enough shade in the summer and, in winter, it allows sunlight to reach your house, hence helping in warming up your house. This means using your furnace during peak hours.
Create a windbreak using plants
A windbreak is a great way you can protect your AC from severe weather conditions. When landscaping around your air conditioning unit, it is recommended to make your windbreak out of ever-green plants such as cypress, boxwood, spruce and cedar.
Try a gravel garden
A gravel garden will look good especially if you have installed your units on concrete air conditioning platforms. A gravel garden is low maintenance and your AC will be raised with a cement platform. The end result is fewer weeds to pull, less grass to mow and less work to do in terms of landscaping around your unit.