Your HVAC system plays a vital role in keeping you cool and comfortable during the hot summer months. The problem is that summer comes with high temperatures and this is bad for your cooling system. The blazing heat from the sun means your cooling units have to work very hard in the summer and this makes you spend more money on cooling your home. You can conserve energy and spend less on air conditioning bills if you just plant trees on the grounds of your home.
Tree Planting Direction
The sun gets very hot in the afternoon so you should plant your trees to the west and southwestern parts of your home. These are the areas that need shade the most. The eastern part of the home does not need much shade for the simple reason that the sun does not get very hot in the morning. Plant your trees on the west and southwestern parts of your home for best results.
The best choice of trees are the ones that keep their leaves all year round. This makes sense because the weather is warm all year round so you need the cooling effect of the trees throughout the year. The shade from the trees keeps the home cool during the warm/hot summer months. Evergreen trees also protect the home from excessive wind during the bitter winter months. In both cases, you save fuel and energy costs.
How Trees Help Your Outdoor A/C Unit
Your HVAC system works more efficiently if the temperature is low. When water evaporates from the leaves on your trees, this process cools the air in the immediate vicinity of the trees. The result is that your HVAC system works more efficiently and you save big money. Note that you should not plant shrubs or low-hanging evergreen trees too close to your heater and air conditioner. This might interfere with proper air flow and you end up undoing all the good work you have done already.
A full-grown tree provides more shade than a small tree that is still growing. However, trees do not grow overnight. Plant a number of trees to the west of your home and watch them grow. When they are fully grown, these trees will provide shade that will cover the whole house. It pays to plant trees that will reach a height of twenty-five feet at maturity. The more shade your trees create, the more efficiently these trees will shield your house from the blazing heat of the sun.
If you have a paved area close to the house or HVAC unit, you need to position some trees near the pavement. This is because paved surfaces like asphalt can heat up both the pavement and the house. This makes your HVAC units work harder and this increases energy expenses. If your trees shade these paved areas, temperatures will be cool and your cost of air conditioning will be lower.
Research Tree Type
Before you plant your trees, it pays to carry out a bit of research. Do not plant trees that will grow too big and interfere with the structure and foundations of your home. In addition, your trees should be planted a safe distance from power lines and paved areas. This way, the roots and branches will not cause any damage. It also pays to prune your trees regularly so that they maintain the right size.
Air Conditioning Tune-up
Planting shade trees can help you reduce energy expenses. Trees can also add beauty and style to your home. You can reduce your utility costs by planting trees in strategic places on the grounds of your home. You should also schedule an annual air conditioner tune-up for best results.
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