Living in the south has different issues than living in the northern states. One instance, living up north having heat is paramount and in the south Air Conditioning is extremely important. Either way having a properly working HVAC system pays off. In either case, it is crucial to keep debris away from the Air Conditioning and Heating unit outside of the home. I remember a particular time three different hurricanes went right over my home and between each one I went out and cleared the debris from around the outside of the A/C unit. The amount of branches, leaves, and other litter surrounding the area would definitely have created problems had they not been removed. Each storm brought more natural waste to surround the HVAC unit that filled four large black trash bags. Had I not removed the waste from the A/C outside unit the Air Conditioning and Heating system would have stopped working and could have ended up costing a major amount of money.
It was worth taking an hour or so between each storm to clear out what could have been a very costly and time consuming process later on. I did not want my A/C to stop working during the hottest part of the year and by keeping the HVAC system unit cleared I was able to enjoy my Air Conditioning and Heating system during that time without the need to call the HVAC technician. Just remember what may seem like a time consuming chore at the time can save you a lot of stress and financial strain later on. It is always important to keep the HVAC unit clear of debris outside.