Plant trees or shrubs next to your house. This cuts down on cooling costs in warm weather.
Today’s step is aimed at installing an air-conditioner for your home only this air-conditioner comes from the nursery rather than the hardware shop.
Trees and shrubs accomplish this on many fronts. Their shades reduce air temperature by blocking sunlight and keeps solid surfaces from directly receiving solar radiation. Additional cooling occurs when water evaporates from the leaf surface, known as transpiration. This process occurs when the sun’s rays hit the leaves and increases evaporation. This cools the the leaves, much like sweating cools our skin, reducing the amount of energy left to warm the air.
Did you know that the evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 room size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day? It can!
Strategic placement of trees & shrubs will amplify this effect. For instance, shading of roofs, driveways, patios and other solid surfaces will keep these surfaces from absorbing sunshine and storing that heat.
Shading your central air-conditioning compressor will allow it to perform more efficiently. Also focus on the westside of your home as most often is the case that temperature rises throughout a summer day peaking in mid-afternoon.