It’s Important To Keep Your Unit’s Area Tidy
Air and Heating Maintenance tip today. How you maintain the areas around your equipment can be just as important as the maintenance of the actual systems. Poor maintenance in the surrounding areas near your air conditioner or furnace could greatly decrease your systems efficiency, damage parts, and even put your family in danger! Follow these simple maintenance tips to protect your heating and cooling system.
Here are some important tips to remember
- Keep the exterior heat pump or condenser unit clear of debris or items. The clearance around your unit should be at least 2 feet or more. This will allow proper airflow, and make access to the unit easy should repairs be required. Never install an enclosure directly against the unit. No items should ever be stored surrounding the unit, like outdoor toys, chairs, garden tools etc.
- Many local building codes require gas furnaces and other gas appliances maintain a clearance from the floor and surrounding walls. Space should be left for many reasons: allow HVAC maintenance technicians access to the system, to improve airflow to the system, and to prevent combustible byproducts from building up in the surrounding area, which could lead to a fire. Furnace manufacturers note in their equipment installation guides how much clearance is necessary surrounding their system.
- Never store items directly next to your furnace. This can limit airflow to the unit, which decreases energy efficiency and cause damage to the system.
- Certain items should never be stored near a furnace. They can cause a fire or combust. Combustible materials such as paint or gasoline should be kept in an entirely separate area. Clothing and other fabrics stored near a furnace can catch fire and limit airflow. Cat litter boxes should not be kept in furnace rooms, as ammonia fumes can cause corrosion of the furnace’s heat exchanger. Cleaning solutions should be stored outside the furnace room, in sealed containers.
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