How Close Should Walls Or Fences Be to HVAC Units?

The outdoor component of a central air-conditioner unit is usually located at the rear of the house or to one side. This cabinet includes the compressor, the condenser coil and the condenser coil fan. When the A/C is running, the outdoor unit disperses heat from inside the house into the outside air.

The performance of the air conditioner depends upon efficient outdoor heat dispersal, which relies upon adequate air circulation into and out of the condenser coil. The blower fan intakes fresh air horizontally through grilles on the sides of the cabinet, channels the air through the condenser coil passages and exhausts the air -- along with heat extracted from the home -- vertically from the unit's top. Nearby walls, fences or vegetation may interfere with the free flow of air into the unit. Decks or other overhanging structures above the unit may hinder the dispersal of exhausted air. These can degrade the air conditioner's performance and efficiency and even affect its service life.

Allow 1 to 3 feet of open horizontal space next to intake grilles of the outdoor unit to allow optimum air intake. To avoid excessive heat buildup inside the condenser coil and ensure proper heat dispersal, leave 4 to 6 feet of vertical clearance above the unit.

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Is It Possible to Use a Portable Air Conditioner Through a Garage Door?
It will operate, but I would not hold up hope for much cooling. A garage wo not be insulated, the door wo not be sealed, so you will be trying to cool 'the great outdoors'.1. Do you know of a window/portable air conditioner that is safe in a child's room?Portable air conditioners stay inside your room leaving just a hole for ventilation through your window. Your window stays closed and there should be no danger of anything falling out either. Hope that helps.2. Is it safe to use and rest my laptop on a portable air conditioner?No but an AC has a huge magnetic field, BAD for hard drive!3. will rain hurt my soleus air portable air conditioner?All things are possible, grasshopper. Your biggest hurdle will be getting the heat from the condenser outside of the room you are trying to cool. You can build ductwork out of plywood or cardboard to an open window. Pull the fridge away from the wall put it in front of a window, and put a fan behind the fridge to move the heat. Build your ductwork to send the heat outside. Remove the doors from the fridge. Point the fan into the freezer area and turn the fan on full blast. Adjust the temperature dial in your reefer/freezer/room A/C to the mid-point. Unscrew the light bulb (do not want that heat load). A refrigerator runs constantly as it is. The more air you can get across the indoor and outdoor coils will help remove the heat from your room. Be aware that a refrigerator is only designed to remove the heat from a 14 sq ft box, so the smaller your room is, the cooler you can get it. It wo not be able to cool off a 1500 sq ft house, but it could cool a 100 sq ft room. It will start to condense the water from the air in the room (mostly from you sweating and breathing), and start to run out the bottom of the fridge. you might need to run a condensate line out the door. Also the ice in the freezer compartment will thaw out; this is a good thing, as it is absorbing the heat in the room. If more ice forms, move your fan closer to the freezer area. Let us know how it works out4. Does the fan need to run all time on a portable air conditioner?No. Most newer units have a power saver fan switch that cycles the entire unit off when the demand thermostat setting has been reached. It may be advantageous, however to leave a continuous fan enabled to maintain air mixing and circulation in the conditioned area. Additionally, by maintaining air circulation, temperatures are held to a more consistent temperature throughout. Lastly, the effect of air movement will help to cool between compressor cycles.Does the fan need to run all time on a portable air conditioner?5. Which type of portable air conditioner is best for an attic bedroom? A portable floor unit? Or a window unit?A floor unit must have the heated side vented out some how or you will be just heating and cooling the same air in circles6. What is the best type of portable air conditioner to put in an apartment that has sliding windows (sideways, n?no kit that i ever heard of yet you are able to take the two abode windows out and positioned it in yet you wil ought to build some form of bracing to hold it. this is carried out, I even have,in case you recognize a thank you to construct issues7. How much does it cost to run a 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner?That will depend on several factors:The EER or SEER energy efficiency ratingTemperature and humidity in the spaceYour cost per kWh for electricity.Let's do an example for California:Most portable A/C units are about 10.0 EER (energy efficiency ratio). Let's assume your space is 70 degrees, with 50% RH. California is a very high cost, high tax, high regulation state, so electricity is about $0.40 kWh for many residents.A 10,000 BTU A/C unit will use 1,000 watts, or 1.0 kWh each hour. This is calculated by taking 10,000 (BTU) and dividing by 10. 0 EER (BTU /watt). This gives you 1,000 watts, so over 1 hour you will use 1 kWh (kilowatt/hour) which is the unit of energy billed by the power company. Look at your power bill for your average cost of electricity (ranges from $0.04 to $0.45 across the US), and that would be your hourly rate. In this example, a homeowner who pays an average of $0.40 per kWh, it would cost $0.40 per hour to run that 10,000 BTU air conditioner.How much does it cost to run a 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner?.
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