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! 

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