Keeping Your Outdoor AC Units Leaf Free

In Indiana, we all know that raking and blowing leaves during the fall months can be quite a difficult and time consuming task. While in the midst of checking out your new blisters, do you ever stop to clear your outdoor AC unit of that leafy mess of debris? Manufacturers make covers for air-conditioning units as a way to protect them during the long, cold winter months to eliminate the buildup of leaves and other debris. Homeowners can also use a filter that wraps around the exterior of the AC unit to keep out debris during the summer months while the air conditioner is in operation.

The outdoor unit of your air conditioner contains the compressor, used to generate cooler air in the warm months. Occasionally leaves, grass, and other debris are either sucked into the unit or blown in. The accumulated debris can significantly reduce the efficiency of your air conditioning unit and dramatically raise your utility bills.

If you chose not to cover your unit, there are other ways you can prevent leaves from collecting in your air conditioning unit. Not only will it be cost effective, but also it will just take a few moments of your time. With proper preparation for the winter months, and again in the summer, the lifespan of your unit can be greatly enhanced. Try these prevention tips:

  • Rake around your unit
  • Sweep up any debris from the inside and outside of the unit
  • Purchase a unit cover
  • Purchase a year-round filter
  • Schedule your bi-annual maintenance appointment

If you’re in need of scheduling a maintenance appointment, don’t hesitate to call or schedule online: Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning! 

Pesky Fall Allergies

The fall season is upon us and that means it’s time for new seasonal allergies to rear their ugly heads.  This season can be particularly difficult for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen. But these seasonal elements aren’t the only triggers that can make symptoms worse this time of year. Farmers are finishing up their harvesting, piles of leaves are sitting stagnant and the damp air are just a few triggers that can send your allergies into a tailspin.  Here are four facts about fall allergies:

Is Hay Fever Caused From Real Hay? – Hay fever, a term from a bygone era, actually has nothing to do with hay. Instead, it’s a general term used to describe the symptoms of late summer allergies. Ragweed is a common cause of hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis. The plant usually begins to pollenate in mid-August and may continue to be a problem until a hard freeze.

Enjoy Those Lingering Warm Temps – While most people enjoy Indian summer, unseasonably warm temperatures can make rhinitis symptoms last longer. Mold spores can also be released when humidity is high, or the weather is dry and windy.

Leaf Piles Are No Longer Fun – Some folks might find it difficult to keep up with raking leaves throughout the autumn. But for allergy sufferers, raking presents its own problem. It can stir agitating pollen and mold into the air, causing allergy and asthma symptoms.

School Germs…ICK! – It s not only seasonal pollen and mold that triggers allergies this time of year. Kids are often exposed to classroom irritants and allergy triggers. These can include chalk dust (Who uses chalkboards still?) and classroom pets. Students with food allergies may also be exposed to allergens in the lunch room.