Everyone knows that improving the energy efficiency of your home can lower your monthly utility bills. But did you know that something as simple as landscaping could improve your home’s energy efficiency? Strategically planned landscaping can increase your home’s insulation, thereby helping you keep your heating and cooling costs down.
The sun heats up your home during the day and causes cooling equipment to run more frequently. The most warming takes place on the south side of your home in the middle of the day. The morning sun isn’t usually powerful enough to heat up your home too much, and by evening, the sun isn’t nearly as strong as the afternoon. Plant a few trees to block the sun’s rays from hitting the south side of your home in the summer. Even small starter trees can provide a good amount of shade, and as the years go by, they will grow and provide even more shade.
Cold winter winds hitting your home can cause the inside air temperature to drop. Every home has leaks and gaps around windows or the foundation. Because it’s almost impossible to completely keep outside air from coming in, you can improve your home’s insulation by adding plants and bushes around your home. A simple barrier of plantings can help prevent heat loss and extra energy consumption. Evergreens are the best plant to block winter winds, because they don’t lose their needles, whereas deciduous trees lose their leaves.
Regular maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment can help you boost your home’s insulation, as well. Contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbingto schedule a routine service check and discuss other ways to boost your home’s insulation. We’re always happy to help.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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