Landscaping Tips for Your AC Compressor Unit

Give Dad a break on Father’s Day!

Stuck on what to give Dad for Father’s Day? How about the gift of time? You can take over some of the landscaping duties for him this summer and give him a chance to relax. For bonus points with Dad, use these pointers for protecting the AC compressor unit from damage or inefficiencies.

You can also keep his air conditioning in great shape by gifting a preventative maintenance plan from a trusted local HVAC provider. These plans provide a thorough inspection, testing, cleaning and lubrication of relevant HVAC components and make home care easy!

Top Tips for AC Compressor Unit Care

Lawnmowers and “Weed-Whackers” – It may be easy to get lost in the monotony of mowing or pay more attention to what’s in your headphones, but it’s important to stay focused, especially around your AC compressor unit. A rock thrown by a lawnmower or a nick from a weed-eating machine can damage the coils or fan blades.

Vegetation – You may have read about the importance of keeping your outdoor HVAC equipment from baking directly in the Florida sun. You may have planted shady trees or shrubbery nearby. Well done! Be sure to monitor the vegetation so roots or greenery stay two to three feet away from the AC compressor unit. This will allow the appropriate amount of buffer to provide optimal airflow to and around the unit.

Grass clippings – Be sure to capture grass clippings or mow when the unit isn’t running, to prevent clippings from being sucked into the unit and clogging the components.

Mulch – It’s best to surround your AC compressor unit with rocks or grass, rather than mulch. Wind and hard rain can cause mulch to bounce up and into the unit, clogging it and impeding airflow.

Severe storms – In Florida, we sometimes get storms with great intensity. Be sure to walk around your property following any major storms and look for damage caused by fallen branches. Be sure to clear away storm clutter such as leaves and twigs, again to prevent airflow obstruction.

Other Ideas for Dad’s Comfort

If your dad copes with respiratory issues like allergies, asthma or COPD, you may consider gifting him with a product to improve his indoor air quality. We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors and the air we breathe is often compromised with sealing in the cool air and the allergens we bring inside with us. Pollen, pet dander, dust and other pollutants then constantly circulate within the ductwork in our homes and into our living spaces.

You can combat these and by filtering and cleaning the air, with products such as media air cleaners and air purifiers. Some, such as those from Guardian Air, use technologies such as photohydroionization to seek out and destroy airborne and surface pollutants before they reach your family. Professional northern Florida HVAC provider Mills Heating and Air carries these and other products. Call them – they’re happy to explain the benefits of each.

Mills Heating and Air has served customers in northwestern Florida counties such as Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay and Walton since 1984 with various air conditioning service, repair and installation needs. Concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. By spreading out payments, you keep finances predictable while enjoying lower air conditioning expenses and increased comfort today.

Mills represents quality brands and can install a new Carrier or Mitsubishi air conditioner ready for the long-lasting Florida summer. Not ready to replace? Mills can service and repair any brand. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss air conditioner and indoor air quality options. For lower bills, call Mills!  

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