Most homeowners know that heat pumps help keep homes and other structures comfortably warm on cold winter days. According to residential AC experts, however, not as many people realize that heat pumps are only able to do this if they’re installed properly.
One of the things homeowners need to understand is that outdoor heat pumps, also known as compressor units (or condensers, in the case of standard home air conditioning units), need to have adequate clearance when installed. Why is this? Let’s talk about it.
The Importance of Adequate Clearance
Professional air conditioning installation experts always recommend installing outdoor heat pumps about two feet (24 inches) away from walls and other obstructions, including plants and shrubs, rocks and other such things. Doing this allows the condenser to work efficiently without putting extra stress on the unit.
Failing to provide enough clearance to the compressor unit can cause the following problems:
- Shorter lifespan. Without adequate ventilation, the components inside the compressor unit will run hotter than they should, causing damage to the system itself.
- Bigger drain. Hot components and poor ventilation will cause the system to work harder than normal and put a bigger drain on the system. Ironically, it won’t be as efficient as it is when there’s adequate ventilation. This will result in an overworked heat pump and a spike in energy consumption.
- Potential damage. The compressor unit might be damaged if dirt and debris from surrounding obstructions, such as rocks, gravel and plants, find their way into the system. This will result in unwanted damages, and even more unwanted and costly repairs.
AC units need to be installed properly in order to work effectively. Homeowners should know that adequate clearance is needed to help keep the unit running smoothly, resulting in greater heating capabilities.
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