Every day of the summer the sun shines down on your roof and through your windows. The result is your home heats up. Your AC unit will help to keep your home cool, but not without a cost. In fact, an AC unit is one of the most expensive appliances to operate. If you want to keep your cooling costs down, you need to do whatever you can to improve the function of your AC unit. Shade can be very useful in keeping your house cool and in improving the function of your AC unit.
Rather than take the time to extol the benefits of shade, this article will discuss how to make the most of shade. Rather than plant trees willy-nilly around your yard, think about where your shade will be coming from. In the northern hemisphere, sun comes from the south. Thus, planting tall trees on the south of your house will help to screen the sun before it has a chance to heat up your house. You may also want to plant trees on the west of your house to screen the evening sun.
A further benefit of trees is that they are constantly involved in a process known as evapotranspiration. Through this process, water vapor is released into the air, where it can absorb heat from the surrounding air. This process can cool the air around your house by up to 25 degrees. The more you can prevent your home from heating up in the first place, the more efficiently your AC unit will operate.
Keep Your House Condenser Unit Cool
The purpose of the condenser unit sitting outside of your home is to cool the refrigerant so it is ready to cool your home when it reaches the evaporator coils. If these coils are exposed to direct sunlight, the sunlight can heat up the coils to the point that they don't operate as efficiently as they could. Planting a tree so that it shades these coils will help to keep them cool and improve the function of your coils.
Planting trees is good for the environment and good for your bottom line. Not only will you beautify your yard, but you will save money on your cooling costs. The best thing about trees is that they can reduce your cooling costs by 15-35%, and that's something that every money-wise homeowner can appreciate. For more information on how to ensure that your AC is running as efficiently as possible, contact an HVAC technician from a company like Advanced Heating & Air Inc.