Trees make a beautiful addition to the landscape of any home, and the shade they offer us during the hot summer months is defiantly appreciated. We all love our trees until they damage our sidewalks, foundations, and plumbing. These are some of the common ways that tree roots can cause damage to the home, but have you ever thought about how cottonwood trees could ruin your air-conditioner? Yep that’s right, one healthy cottonwood tree can cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage to your air conditioner.
Cottonwood A/C Coil Clogs
Think about it for a moment… During the peak of cottonwood season, fuzzies are flying around your neighbor hood. This is when they attack your air conditioner. No they don’t use magic, or contain some sort of chemical agent. Instead, they are sucked into your condenser coil, and the result is reduced air flow across the coil. This will first cause your air conditioner to loose some of its energy efficiency. Although this is a problem, losing a little efficiency will only cost you pennies, but the bigger problem of an over heated compressor can cost hundreds. (more…)