Is landscaping killing your HVAC unit?
Most of us want to be comfortable in our home and we want it to look beautiful on the outside as well. One way for us to be able to maintain this is through proper landscaping. This typically requires the grass to be cut regularly, as well as the bushes or trees in the yard. It may also require us to mulch around areas that contain the bushes and shrubs that surround our yard as well. Although this can look beautiful in some instances, it may also be causing problems that are quite serious. For example, mulch may be blocking the condenser of your HVAC system. Why is this an issue?
The HVAC system is going to need to have a flow of air available to it when it is running. If that airflow is not available, it is going to result in poor efficiency of the unit and in a worst-case scenario, unit failure. Not only is this going to cause the problem of you being uncomfortable when the unit is no longer working, it may end up costing you thousands of dollars to replace the unit that is no longer going to be able to function for you and your family. Unfortunately, many of us have discovered this too late but if you are reading this article, you can do something about it.
How to avoid landscaping mistakes that kill your HVAC unit
First of all, make a visual inspection of your HVAC unit on a monthly basis. This is especially important when you have a landscaping company that is taking care of the outside of your home. You should also have a serious discussion with the landscaping company so that they know not to put mulch around the HVAC unit. If you discover that they are still doing at, it's time to either talk to them again or get rid of them. Although it may seem extreme, it is less extreme than having a difficulty with your air conditioning or heating system because of some mulch that was put in the wrong place.
by Bill Grote