You may just think your air conditioning equipment should be in an inconspicuous place, but there’s a lot more to placing the equipment than simply hiding it. The efficiency and life span of your equipment is greatly impacted by its placement.
Location, location, location
The location of your air conditioner really does matter. You can have the most efficient new air conditioning equipment on the market, but if it isn’t installed properly, you can offset a great deal of its advantages with poor performance.
There are several things you need to consider for optimum placement:
- Do not install in a garage or attic. The condenser of your air conditioner requires a steady supply of fresh air, and closed spaces like the garage or attic are not likely to provide that. In fact, installing there could void the manufacturer’s warranty.
- Installing the air conditioner on the north or east side of the house provides a cooler environment – or at least one that gets less direct sunlight. This means your air conditioner will be starting with cooler air, and not working harder than necessary.
- Make sure there is a proper amount of space around the unit. This is not only important for air flow but for easy access for maintenance and/or repair.
- Any trees, shrubs, or fencing should be at least two feet away from the unit to prevent blocking proper airflow.
- The unit should be placed in an area that’s away from kitchen or laundry vents, as well as any drip lines or roof run offs.
- Try to make sure the unit is installed as close to the area it is cooling as possible.
- The location of your outdoor air conditioning unit should be at least 6 to 12 inches away from any walls. In the vertical space, make sure there’s at least 6 inches of free space above the fan for free up flow.
- On the inside, make sure thermostats are installed away from windows or supply vents to avoid registering artificially high interior temperatures.
A lot of your air conditioning equipment’s performance hinges on the proper installation of your ductwork. It’s important to consider the unseen channels that are greatly affecting your HVAC system’s performance.
- Have ductwork installed as close to the air-conditioned area as possible, instead of having it installed in the attic.
- Make sure your ducts are sized properly, their size is relative to the space you’re cooling.
- Have enough registers to allow proper air circulation.
- Make sure all ducts are sealed properly.
Good positioning of your air conditioning system can enhance long-term system performance and extend its life. Talk to a trusted local HVAC professional when you’re planning to install or replace your air conditioning equipment if you want top performance, placement matters.