Landscaping is a great way to make the outside of your home beautiful. But you should also consider the benefits landscaping has on your energy consumption.
Landscaping your home can help keep it insulated throughout the year. Adding a barrier for Orlando’s cold winter winds and hot summer sun can save you money on your monthly energy bills as well as extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
The first step to designing landscaping that will keep your home insulated in the winter is assessing the spots on the house that are on the receiving end of cold winter winds. Usually the wind blows against one side of the house the most and that’s the side you should focus on. Adding a row of small bushes and plants along the base of the house can prevent cold air from reaching the house and lowering the temperature inside your home. Your heating and cooling equipment will need to work less if you think your landscape plan through thoroughly.
The hot summer sun can heat up your home when direct sunlight hits the roof or siding. This is a major culprit when it come to over-use of air conditioning. You can save a lot of money on energy consumption by placing a few trees or large shrubs a safe distance away from your home. The shade the landscaping will provide can block your home from the extensive heat of the sun. The temperature in the shade can be a full 10 degrees cooler than in the sun, so you’ll provide your home with a cool, protective barrier.
Contact Rinaldi’s Air Conditioningfor more information on how well-designed landscaping can help keep your home insulated and cut down on your energy bills each month. It’s also important to have your HVAC system checked routinely to make sure it is running efficiently.
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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