Here’s How You Can Choose The Best Location For Your Air Conditioner

Are you on the fence about where you should place your air conditioner? Well, you’re not alone! Many homeowners have this dilemma. Picking a spot for a unit is another big decision that homeowners should make to ensure that everything, including a cooling unit, is working perfectly.

Build the home of your dreams by following the things mentioned below to ensure that you secure the best location for your air conditioning  unit:

Seek Professional Opinion

You can go through numerous tipster sites that tell you how to best position your air conditioner, but asking a professional for their opinion is the best way to know. A specialist has undergone enough training and research to give you their educated opinion on where and how to install your air conditioner. So you can trust that the top experts in your location can give you the answer you need.

According to the International Energy Agency, there are around two billion air conditioners worldwide. Additionally, the air conditioner industry is expected to grow at about 5.6% of the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2022 to 2030 in the United States. On the other hand, in Saudi, with a desert climate, their HVAC market size is estimated to grow during 2021-2030 at a CAGR of 8.1%.

Australia, with similar seasons to the United States, has a total of 31,885 HVAC companies. Its CAGR is expected to grow during 2019-2023 by about 5.7%. Hence, when choosing a unit, it’s a good idea to ask experts in a country with a big HVAC industry. There are many websites to learn more about units and everything you need to know about them, just like the Air Conditioning Industries homepage.

Ensure That It’s High as Possible

When installing a ductless mini-split air conditioner, you must ensure it’s placed in a high location inside the room. By nature, the hot air would go up, and the cool air would come down. Thus, installing your unit at ground level would take much longer for a room to cool and reach your desired temperature. It may not even cool your room at all.

You will still be paying the same bills if you place them on a high level or the ground. Sadly, you may even pay more since it would take longer to cool a room. Placing it on a high level can give enough room for the necessary ducting and pipes, so it just makes sense to place your unit on a high level.

Place in a Shaded Location

Look around your home and look for a shaded location where you can place the exterior parts of your air conditioner. It may come as a surprise to some, but air conditioners aren’t immune to heat. It’s expected that you would open your air conditioner when it’s hot outside. However, when the outer parts of your conditioner aren’t placed in a shaded location, and the temperature is also hot, the machine must double work to make your home cool and comfortable.

Keep the machine out of direct sunlight to avoid straining your air conditioner too much. An ideal position for your air conditioner(s) is on your home’s east or north side. It’s so that your house would cover your air conditioner from the sunlight during the hottest parts of the day.

Keep the Space Well Ventilated

Avoid blocking the air conditioner with decorations, furniture, or curtains. Avoid obstructing your air conditioner with house items to ensure you use the unit to its fullest capacity. These items limit air circulation for ductless mini-split units and smart air conditioners.

It can also suffocate the unit from letting the air flow freely for units like portable air conditioners, window air conditioners, and others. It’s a known rule that you shouldn’t place items near the unit to keep the space well-ventilated.

Beware of Deciduous Trees

You may place your air conditioner near a tree; however, ensure that you don’t place it under or near a deciduous tree. It’s alright to do so; however, you may risk yourself consistently getting maintenance for your unit.

By their very nature, deciduous trees lose their leaves seasonally, specifically during autumn. When these leaves or pine needles accumulate on top and the sides of your air conditioner, the airflow and efficiency may be restricted. It’s also true for cottonwood trees that are notorious for their pollen.

But of course, trees, in general, can lose and shed their leaves and branches whenever the wind pushes them to land on your AC unit. Ensure that you position it away from trees that consistently fall off debris. But since we can’t control the forces of nature, you may need to clean the sticks, twigs, or leaves that fall on top or the sides of your unit from time to time.

If you have a central or a window air conditioner, you have to be extra careful when placing the outdoor parts of the unit. It would be best for your unit’s health if you don’t place it near trees.

Final Thoughts

The placement of your air conditioner is an important decision you have to think about. Luckily, there are articles like this one that can help you decide on placement. The perfect location enables you to maximize the full capacities of your air conditioner, so be sure to think carefully and use the information above!

2 thoughts on “Here’s How You Can Choose The Best Location For Your Air Conditioner

  1. Great post Denise! I wouldn’t necessarily have thought about leaves falling on the air conditioner! The PNW hasn’t historically needed air conditioners, but the last few years have tested our patience! During last summer’s heatwave a lot of people, including my husband, were heard complaining about having to live in the basement with a bucket of ice – so maybe there’s an air conditioner in my future after all! 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely holiday my friend!

    1. Hi Barbara, hope you are having a fabulous holiday season! 🎄I hope there is an AC unit in your future too, unnerves me to think about not having one…we have been so spoiled.

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