Your air conditioner condenser is a powerful work horse that will cool your entire home day and night throughout the warmest seasons of the year. Proper placement of your air conditioner condenser will have a big influence on the performance of the machine. If you're installing a new air conditioner condenser, or if you're having a new home built and need to pick the right location for your future air conditioner condenser, these tips will help you pick the best spot for your unit.
North or East Side of the House
During those long, hot hours of summer, the condenser is working to transfer hot air from your home to the outside. While it's running, the condenser is constantly releasing heat to the outdoors. Sitting in the sun for many hours on end will only make this job more difficult over time. The best place to put your condenser is in a position on the north or east side of the house, because those are the sides that get the least amount of sun exposure.
Away from Landscaping and Structures
Proper air flow will help keep your AC's condenser cool, and in order to get that air flow, the condenser needs adequate clearance from other structures. Keep your air conditioner condenser at least 2 feet away from fences, landscaping and the wall of your home.
Somewhere In the Shade
This may sound like a contradiction, but your condenser will do best when positioned near enough to walls, fences and landscaping elements that it will be in the shade at various times of the day, especially in the afternoon. Even as you're trying to keep a 2 foot clearance on all sides from any structures and plants, finding a way to shade the condenser is a good idea.
Planting a strategically positioned tree is an excellent way to keep the condenser in shade. If you're going to use a tree or multiple trees to keep the condenser in the shade, avoid planting any trees with vigorous, shallow roots. Trees like silver maples and poplars have shallow, spreading roots that can cause nearby soil to heave. Planting a tree like this, close to your air conditioner, can cause the air conditioner pad to tilt, which can cause problems and lead to necessary air conditioner repair in the future.
For more tips about the best location for your air conditioner condenser, speak with your HVAC contractor before he or she installs your air conditioner.