Do’s And Don’ts Regarding Your HVAC System And Lawn Maintenance

hvac landscaping tipsAn HVAC system is essential in any home. Your HVAC system will keep your home comfortable even when the weather is extreme out. However, what a difference when your furnace or AC stops working!

Like all machines, your HVAC system is subject to normal wear and tear that will cause it to break down. However, one of the ways that can cause it to stop working is if you are negligent when it comes to your landscaping.

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Improper landscaping can cause severe issues with your HVAC system.

Therefore, it is essential that you pay attention to your HVAC system while you are working in the yard. Below are a few do’s and don’t’s when it comes to landscaping with an HVAC system.

Landscaping your yard is very straightforward in some areas and more difficult in others. There is more to landscaping around the HVAC system than just riding a lawnmower. It is essential that you pay attention to these details when working in the yard.

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Landscaping Tips That Keep Your HVAC System In Good Condition

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  • Surround your HVAC system with a barrier made of either gravel or concrete. Some homeowners put their HVAC system on a platform. However, for some people, this is not a realistic option. As long as there is some barrier around the system, it is protected.
  • Grow vegetation away from the HVAC system. If a plant starts to grow near the system, you should cut it back. There should be nothing growing within three feet of the unit. This will keep the system from getting clogged or blocked by the vegetation. Maintaining an adequate distance between your unit and your plants will also keep your bushes and shrubs safe from damage.
  • If possible, you should keep your unit out of the direct sunlight. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, depending on the layout of your house. If you are building a new home, you should make sure that the builders make room for the unit out of the sun. Sunlight can reduce the efficiency of the unit, even if you live in a cold climate. If there is nothing that you can do to keep your unit out of the direct sunlight, you should consider planting a tree in the area to provide some shade.
  • If you are expecting a storm, you need to prepare your unit. Before the storm hits, be sure to secure anything that can be blown around and hit the unit. When the storm is over, you should inspect the unit. If there are any branches or debris near the vents, be sure to clear them completely. Anything that is caught in the vents can cause a great deal of damage.

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Landscaping Methods That Damage Your HVAC System

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  • You should never mow your lawn when the fan is on. The mower can kick up loose clippings. If the fan is running, your HVAC system can suck it up. Since your fan is less likely to run in the morning or late in the day, this is the best time to mow the lawn.
  • You should use mulch to create a barrier for the HVAC system. The small pieces of wood can get into the system, which can cause a great deal of damage. When creating your barrier, gravel or concrete are best.
  • You should never try to dress up your HVAC system. While it may not be aesthetically pleasing to look at, you shouldn’t try to make it look tolerable by covering it up. Many homeowners plant vegetation around their unit to create a cover. As mentioned above, plants and shrubs need to be a certain distance from the unit to ensure proper airflow and efficiency. Improperly covering it up will only result in an HVAC system breakdown.
  • You should never jump right into caring for your lawn. Before you start mowing, you should inspect your HVAC system and the area around it. If you find rocks, twigs, or other debris, remove it from the area before you begin mowing.


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Some of the services that we offer include HVAC installations, replacements, tune-ups, and repairs. Our experience enables us to work with all makes and models of heating and cooling equipment. We can ensure that your system performs efficiently and that it can provide the comfort that you deserve. Best of all, we offer the most competitive prices in the area. To schedule an appointment or a free in-home estimate, give Point Bay Fuel a call today.

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