We are all looking for ways to effectively cool our house down during this heatwave over south Louisiana and one suggestion on social media is not the way to do it.

Like you, I too have seen and even considered shading my AC unit outside during the hottest times of the day, but experts warn you and me not to do what you see here.

While some are claiming that this tactic worked for them, this is not what you want to do when it comes to cooling your home down during the summer.

HVAC experts explain that adding a cover over the unit prevents the warm air coming from the unit to escape properly, and that only means more trouble in the days ahead.


So, what can you do to your outside unit to ensure that it is working properly during the hottest times of the day? One thing HVAC experts suggest is cleaning the coils with a garden hose (not a pressure washer).

Removing dirt and debris from the outside coils allows the unit to work much more efficiently and the water will actually cool the coils of the unit.

In addition to that, make sure the ductwork in your house is insulated and not damaged. The last thing you want to be doing this summer is pushing cold air into your attic.

Lastly, fans in your house may help too. Sure, they may add to your electric bill but having the air circulate throughout the home helps on a very hot day.

Again, don't always trust what you see on social media, and be sure to ask an expert when it comes to things like this.

Here are a few good videos explaining why you should not shade your AC unit outside this summer.


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