Does It Really Matter Where My Outdoor A/C Unit Is Located?

You may think that you can put your outdoor air conditioner anywhere and it will work fine. However, if you want to get the longest life and best performance out of it, you should take serious consideration when deciding where to place the unit. After all, you rely on this piece of equipment all summer long and you hate for something bad to happen, right?

two air conditioning units located outside of a house

Find Someplace Cool

Air conditioners cool your home by pulling air in from outside and cooling it. If the air outside is hot, it causes your system to work harder.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to keep your air conditioner on the north side of your house where it is generally cooler and receives less sunlight.

Shade Trees Help

Placing the air conditioner beneath a shade tree can help keep it cooler. Even if you have no shade trees, you can plant bushes, shrubs or small trees around your unit.

Just remember to keep at least three feet of space around the unit clear to allow for adequate airflow.

Convenience Matters

Sure, it’s important to place your air conditioner for optimum performance, but there are a few additional factors to consider…

We recommend keeping it away from bedrooms (for noise purposes) as well as areas where you are likely to entertain guests (for both noise and eyesore purposes).

The noise from an air conditioner can kill a good night’s rest fast and can prevent your guests from hearing one another during conversation.

You’ll also want to make sure it’s accessible for maintenance and repairs (should the need for a repair arise).

All in all, the location of your outdoor air conditioning does, in fact, matter more than you probably thought. Take all of the above into consideration when it’s time to replace your old unit or have a new unit installed.