How A Well-Designed Landscape Can Boost Your Home’s Insulation
Floridians who want to lower their utility bills should always consider turning to Mother Nature for some help. A well-landscaped yard that acts as natural insulation can make all the difference in your energy usage — and add curb appeal.
Keep in mind that insulation needs in the summer and winter are different. In the summer, the sun rises in the northeast and sets in the northwest. So plant a tree 25 feet from your home’s west wall and in the direct path of the sun during the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. The tree will help block the hot impact of the sun’s rays on your home. In the winter, the sun rises in the southeast and sets in the southwest. So plant a tree near your home’s south wall.
Newly planted trees will begin shading windows within their first year, and typically reach the roof line in five to 10 years.
Some parts of Florida do get very cool during the winter months. Adding a fence or row of shrubs to act as a wind break can help lower your energy bills during the chilliest part of the year.
The goal of landscaping to boost your home’s insulation is to protect your home from the sun while allowing the cool breeze during the summer and block cold winds while allowing sunshine in the winter.
Here at Symbiont Service Corp., we’re happy to discuss all of your cooling and heating needs so go ahead and give us a call. We’re happy to help!
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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