Clear the area around your cooling equipment

Why? 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.
Step-by-step:
For your central cooling system's condenser, located outdoors, follow these steps:
  1. 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.
  2. 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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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