In order for an air conditioner to work properly, it needs to have good air flow. This means keeping it free from vegetation and other growth that can restrict its ability to pull in air. When a unit can’t get proper air flow, it has to work harder to cool your home. This results in higher energy costs and puts additional strain on a unit that can shorten its life. By keeping plants at least two feet away from your unit, you can be sure that it will work properly throughout the summer months.
Used properly, vegetation can actually help your air conditioner work more efficiently. When an air conditioner is shaded, it can actually help your unit be up to 10% more efficient. This is because the air the unit is pulling in is cooler, resulting in energy savings.
You can also plant vegetation that helps shade windows. Since the sun through your windows causes your home’s temperature to increase, blocking some of that sun results in energy savings. You can also plant trees that shade east and west facing walls since they receive the most direct sunlight. Keeping your home shaded can save you significant amounts of money in cooling costs.
You should also try to shade patios, driveways, and other areas that trap heat. As these “heat sinks” warm, it can raise the temperature of the home. Keeping them out of direct sunlight can also help you save money on energy bills while improving the aesthetic appeal of your yard.
This vegetation can also help keep your energy costs down in the winter. Since trees and other vegetation blocks wind, your home will stay warmer in the winter months and your heater will work less. Talk to your landscaper about creating a windbreak in your yard to keep your home more energy efficient in the winter.
At Classic Aire Care, we have a variety of tips to help St. Louisans cut down on their energy usage during the summer and winter months. To learn more about how we have helped generations of St. Louisans remain comfortable in their homes, contact us today.