Clear the area around your cooling equipment
Your heat pump or air conditioner will operate better if it has plenty of room to breathe. The system's outdoor unit — the condenser — needs to be able to circulate air without any interruption or obstruction.
For your central cooling system's condenser, located outdoors, follow these steps:
- Clear the nearby area of debris. Be sure to remove any dirt, leaves, weeds, or debris from the space around the unit on a regular basis.
- Cut back plants. Trim foliage back at least three feet from the unit to allow for adequate airflow.
For room heat pumps or air conditioners:
- Keep furniture away from the unit. On the inside of the room, make certain there is space between the unit and any furniture or other objects.
- Cut back plants. Trim foliage, such as tree branches, at least two feet away from the part of the unit on the outside of the window.
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