A device designed to deflect the air which is being distributed from the outdoor condensing unit of your air conditioning system. An air deflector guides the air in a different direction, either upwards or sideways as opposed to directly straight out of the condensing unit. This helps prevent the recirculation of air from your air conditioners condenser, which at times, could have damaging effects for your system.
These devices are extremely useful and suitable for situations where the outdoor condenser is installed or mounted directly opposite a wall or in a restricted space with no sufficient airflow.
When warm air blows straight out of the air conditioners condenser, depending on where it is located, the air can hit a wall, fence or even people directly. If the warm air blows directly into a wall or a fence it will simply recirculate back into the condensing unit. By drawing hot air back into it, your air conditioning system will need to work extra hard, all whilst losing its efficiency. For an air conditioning unit to work at its premium efficiency, the condensing unit needs to draw clean and fresh air.
Furthermore, if the condensing unit is directed towards an area that is being used for communal purposes, such as balconies, patios or courtyards, the warm air will blow directly towards people occupying the space. This can become extremely uncomfortable and undesirable, and in some cases, even unhealthy.
Fitted directly over the condensing unit of the air conditioning system, the air deflector will guide the airflow in its specified direction. This will channel the warm air away from direct obstacles or any communal settings. The way the air deflector works is by having its vents point to the desired direction, meaning any airflow will be directed where ever the vents are pointed.
It is important to note that air deflectors only require a one-off initial installation cost and absolutely zero maintenance cost. Apart from occasional light dusting, the deflectors do not require elaborate or time-consuming care. Interestingly, you do not have to remove them for servicing or maintenance either. Even more appealing is the fact that once installed, they will last the entire lifespan of your air conditioner unit, unless of course they are externally damaged.
As for the initial cost, a genuine one costs somewhere in the range of $450 – $550, depending on the manufacturer and supplier. Larger condensing units may require two of them.
A condenser air deflector would only be necessary depending on the location of your condensing unit. So, if your air con is installed in a position that the air is blowing straight towards a wall or a fence (1.0 – 1.5m away) or directly towards a communal area making things uncomfortable for the people using it, a condenser air deflector will definitely be beneficial. Similarly, if your condensing unit is installed in a restricted space and if you feel that your air con is not delivering maximum results and its performance is below optimum, an air deflector may definitely enhance its performance.
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