There's been a curious trend circulating online about shading your air conditioner. Pictures abound of homeowners putting up canopies or canvas sheets to shade their outdoor air conditioner units, but does this actually help with efficiency?
Understanding Air Conditioner Function:
Heat Rejection: The outdoor unit, known as the condensing unit, is instrumental in releasing the heat taken from your home. It’s not about shielding this unit from the sun but ensuring the unit efficiently dispels this absorbed heat.
Sunlight Sensitivity: Unlike humans who feel warmer in direct sunlight and cooler in the shade, the air conditioner’s efficiency isn't significantly impacted by direct sunlight. Instead, it operates based on air movement through the coil and the temperature of the outdoor air.
Airflow is Key: The most crucial factor for your outdoor unit is the consistent airflow around it. Anything that obstructs this airflow, whether dirt, debris, or construction, can hinder its efficiency.
Allowing dirt and debris to accumulate around the unit
Constructing barriers close to the unit, like fences or decks, not allowing the airflow requirements
While shading the unit might not have a detrimental effect, it’s not the solution to boosting efficiency. Instead, ensure there’s no obstruction around your unit to maintain the best performance.
Experience optimal cooling in your home with proper air conditioner care. For advice, services, or any HVAC needs, visit Forquer Heating and Cooling or contact us today!