Everyone wants to save money on their energy bill and help maintain their HVAC systems. Summers and winters can be brutal in northeastern NJ, so keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter is a priority. There are ways that landscaping can do both while simultaneously looking like a beautifully manicured yard. Strategically placed trees and shrubs can save around a quarter of the home’s energy consumption for heating and cooling, which could save a family thousands of dollars in energy costs annually.
Shading the home
When the sun is absorbed into the attic through the roof, the home will become warmer. The heat from the sun also passes through the windows of the home and heats the rooms as well. Strategically placed trees will reduce the amount of heat that enters the home, effectively making the home feel cooler. Deciduous trees will bloom and have leaves in the summer to shade the home, thus saving energy costs. Shrubs and ground cover plants will help to cool the ground area around the home, cooling the air before it reaches the walls and windows. Vines along the side of a home will cool the outer wall, which will help to keep the inside cooler during the summer.
Shielding the wind
Strategic landscaping can help keep your home warm in the winter by preventing the wind from hitting the exterior of your home. Because they have greenery all year, evergreen trees can be used as windbreaks for your home in order to reduce your heating costs inside the home. Deciduous trees will lose leaves during the winter in order to allow the sun to enter the windows to help warm the home. The wind-chill is always a factor in the wintertime in NJ, and shielding your home from this will help to keep you and your family warmer inside your home.
For any additional information and expert advice on how landscaping can improve the performance of your HVAC system, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We have been serving Monmouth County and the surrounding area for over 3 generations.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about landscaping and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.