ideas for shading condensor
anyone here built/planted anythign to shade a condensor unit? a couple years ago we had to take down a tree that used to shade the unit. it was planted literally less than 18" from the house and was starting to cause damage. short of planting on in the same spot i have no clue what to do. the septic tank is roughly 15 ft south of the tank, in the perfect spot for a shade tree! so that area is out. the unit is directly below a large window in teh laundry room so i don't see doing an awning there.
i have a roughly 3ft x 8ft section between teh cincrete walkway and teh house to work in. the unit sits right against teh edge of the walkway, so nothing can go right in front of it.
the reason i ask about this is that as soon as the shade hits the unit it's cooling performance is greatly improved. this afternoon it was 104 outside at 6 pm. indoors teh unit was blowing cool, but not cold. a few minutes later you could literally FEEL the temps drop. the only thing that happened was the shade fromt eh nearest tree finally hit it. i have noticed this before, as soon as the shade hits it starts really blowing cold. the unit gets full sun from about 11am to right around 6 pm since it is basically on the SW corner of the house.
since the unit seems to work better in the shade, i have to assume it is also drawing less power and therefore more efficient at that time. it is a 1 yr old XL14i and has already almost paid for it's self in savings over our old 30 yr old unit. but if i cna do anything to improve it i am willing to try.