Amber Kennoy: [00:00:02] Hi, everyone. Amber Kennoy here and for Everyday Kentucky today Whiteboard Wednesday we’re taking a little field trip so Synergy Home. Jamie, first of all, what in the world is going on here? I’ve seen a lot of things. I have never seen an outdoor unit covered in insulation.
Jamie Clark: [00:00:20] Well, believe it or not, just about every outdoor unit you’ve ever seen is covered in insulation. It’s just not visible to your eye. So your outdoor air conditioning unit is responsible for pulling the heat out of your house and getting rid of it outside. And what happens as dirt gets over these coils? It acts like an insulator and it slows down its performance, it lowers its energy efficiency, and it can even kill it. So we use the fiberglass here just for today’s video to kind of show you the representation of how bad this is.
Amber Kennoy: [00:00:47] So don’t go home and try to.
Jamie Clark: [00:00:49] Never, ever cover your air conditioner with insulation. But I wanted to give you a visual effect because these systems here are over ten years old. I installed them myself and they look brand new because the customers on annual maintenance, we come out every spring, we clean everything up really nice, come out every fall, check the heating and cooling on the inside. So annual maintenance is super important, just like changing the oil in your car. If you take good care of these, they’re going to give you many, many years of good support. But don’t let it get insulated with that thin layer of dust. A thin layer that’s not even visible to your eye can impact the efficiency of this 20 to 30% and your capacity. So if your air conditioner is not keeping up, it might be that it’s just dirty.
Amber Kennoy: [00:01:26] Yeah. So definitely this makes me think as we’re in that season where everybody’s getting out and mowing their grass, that’s why it is so critical to move away from the outdoor unit as well, because if you’re talking about dust and then we’re throwing grass into it.
Jamie Clark: [00:01:38] The mix, oh, dog hair, vegetation, don’t let your plants grow up on it. Don’t let your landscaper mulch around it. We want 18 inches of clear, breathable space for your unit and then we want to keep these coils super clean. That’s going to give you many years of good performance out of your equipment.
Amber Kennoy: [00:01:52] All right. So for Whiteboard Wednesday, where are we going to go next week?
Jamie Clark: [00:01:56] Into the basement.
Amber Kennoy: [00:01:57] Okay. So we’re going to see something there helping us through this season of transition with temperatures all over the board.