Springtime Snow Returns to the Indianapolis Area

By: Brian Schutt  |  June 9, 2016

You may have seen it floating around at last weekend’s Indianapolis 500 race. Springtime snow falling from the Indiana sky.

It’s that annual shedding of the Eastern Cottonwood trees, with small cotton-like balls floating whimsically in the air across the state. These trees grow throughout the eastern U.S., showcasing their diamond-shaped leaves and thick bark. And standing 65-130 feet, Eastern Cottonwoods are one of the tallest hardwood trees in all of North America.

What does this hardwood lesson mean for you?

It means your air conditioner is now at risk. It means it’s time again to start checking and rechecking the exterior of your A/C unit to remove any collected cottonwood balls. These springtime snowflakes can easily get entangled in the condenser coils, limiting air flow and reducing the cooling capacity of your system. Even worse, they can overheat your air conditioning unit and cause it to stop working.

Not sure how to clean your air conditioner of cottonwood and dirt? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Watch the following video to find out how:

By regularly taking these four simple steps this time of year, you’ll stay cool inside while watching the snow fall outside.

{And this concludes annual Indiana Eastern Cottonwood Tree Public Service Announcement, sponsored by Homesense.}

 

 

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