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Air conditioning units aren’t the most beautiful additions to a yard. However, at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling, we know that when it is 105 degrees outside, you sure are glad to have one. That being said, a little landscaping can make any area look good, and if you choose to do so around your air conditioner, it can actually help to keep it running.

When it comes to landscaping around your air conditioning unit, you always want to make sure to give it space to breathe. If you presently have grass just growing around it, landscaping is a great idea. When grass clippings get inside your unit, it’s not ideal because grass invites moisture and moisture causes rust. You will want to give your unit a 2-foot clearance with any plants and make sure to choose a dry landscaping option such as rocks rather than options like moisture-holding mulch.

It is also important to not try to disguise your AC unit with potted plants either. While air conditioners are designed to efficiently dry away water, like rain, anything that introduces water and dirt isn’t a great thing to have on your air conditioner.

You will also want to avoid the following:

  • Sand and Dirt Landscaping – Sand and loose dirt have a good chance of getting blown up in the wind and into your air conditioning unit. Instead, opt for heavier rocks.
  • Shedding Plants – Any plants that produce fruit, seeds, leaves, or anything that sheds should be kept well away from your air conditioner. Even at the 2-foot distance, the plant’s shedding can still make it into the unit and cause damage. Choose smaller plants to create a barrier instead.
  • Air Conditioning Technician – This isn’t actually to the benefit of your air conditioner specifically, but not planting thorny plants around your unit is more of a kindness to you and your JR Perkins Heating & Cooling air conditioning technician.

In essence, it is best to choose landscaping that works with your air conditioning unit rather than trying to hide it.

JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at

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