When summer hits your Safety Harbor, Florida, home, keeping your house cool can get expensive. Save energy and money this summer by creating a landscape that’s friendly to your wallet and the environment.
Design a Shady Yard
An effectively shaded yard can reduce cooling costs by as much as 30 percent. When designing your yard, pay attention to the location of the sun throughout the day. Make sure to keep dark surfaces, like asphalt, shaded so that they don’t continue to emit heat that can be felt even after the sun goes down. Evergreen trees planted on the south and southwest sides of the house can help to make evenings more comfortable.
Create Breeze Pathways
Nothing is more refreshing than a cool breeze on a lazy summer afternoon. Use trees and fences to create natural wind tunnels pointed toward your home, inviting breezes on even the hottest days. A tree cluster can provide a shady haven where breezes flowing around your home are cooled and act as a natural air conditioner.
Protect Your HVAC System
A necessity during the summer months is an effective HVAC system, so make sure that you’re providing the protection it needs. Shading your HVAC unit will help keep it cool so that it uses less energy as it works hard throughout the day.
Be careful when planting trees and shrubs around your unit. Choose plants that grow upward instead of out; keep a space of at least 2 feet around the unit; and avoid plants with loose foliage that will clog the filters. Keep the unit clean by providing a foundation of rocks, gravel or mulch.
Designing an energy-efficient landscape doesn’t have to be difficult. With a great HVAC system and some carefully placed trees and fences, you can feel comfortable during the hottest months.
For an energy-efficient summer, schedule HVAC maintenance with Aircom. Call us at 727-786-0018 to make an appointment.
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