With the change in season and leaves falling, it’s vital to take care of the outside unit. Find out here how fallen leaves affect your HVAC system.

Your outside HVAC unit contains the condenser coil and compressor. These two components expel latent heat collected from inside the home. The system uses a powerful fan to draw cool air from the bottom and sides of the outside HVAC cabinet, which then disperses warm air through the top of the cabinet. With this setup, it’s easy to see how the fall foliage can impact your central heating and cooling unit.

How do fallen leaves affect my HVAC?

Fallen leaves pile up at the bottom of the unit. This collection of debris can choke off crucial airflow, which makes it difficult for your HVAC to disperse latent heat. The blockages can also cause a noticeable drop in efficiency, causing the unit to use more energy and a decline in performance.

Fallen leaves can even damage part of your HVAC system, including the condenser coil and A/C compressor leading to more costly breakdowns.

How do I protect my HVAC System?

Protecting your outdoor unit is essential for keeping the central heating and cooling system in great shape. Here are four ways you can be proactive and save your cooling and heating system safe:

  • Rake your yard regularly of fallen leaves and other debris. We recommend that you bag the leaves and debris to avoid the wind blowing them back toward your outdoor unit.
  • Thoroughly inspect and clean your outdoor HVAC cabinet. Use compressed air to blow out any leaves or debris found within.
  • Trim any overhanging limbs to keep the leaves from falling through the fan vent.
  • Cover your system when it’s not in use. Click here for tips on what to do and what not to do.

For more outdoor HVAC unit protection tips or service, contact the pros at Advantage Air & Service. We proudly offer our heating and air conditioning services throughout the Greater Northwest Arkansas area. (479) 361-8647

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