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How Can My Spring Landscaping Projects Affect My Air Conditioner?

Learn other steps you can take in addition to maintenance agreements to maximize your HVAC system this spring.

Yard Projects and your Air Conditioner

Maintenance agreements are one of your best investments to ensure your air conditioner runs effectively and efficiently during the warmer months. But isn't there more you could do to affect how your AC functions? So glad you asked!

Landscaping can play a huge role in the comfort level of your home. Here are a few ways you can put your landscaping to work for you:

Trees for Shade

You can reduce the amount of energy your air conditioner uses by strategically planning your tree planting and tree locations. The best way to utilize shade to keep your house cooler in the summer is by planting them on the west side of your home. This helps block some of the intense afternoon sun from hitting your house.

Another good location is on the east side, to block the morning sun, which can be just as hot in the summer as the afternoon sun. Avoid planting trees on the south side of the house because it won't help in the summer and it will block the warming sun you want during the winter.

Shrubbery for Shade

Another great way to help your AC unit is with the right shrubbery. Shading an exterior AC unit will help it run more efficiently. The cooler the unit, the less energy it needs to run. Planting bushes, trees, or vines near and above the air conditioner will help it stay cooler and use less energy.

Did you know you can save up to 25% on your utility bills simply by planning ahead and taking advantage of your landscaping? Properly placed trees and shrubs can help keep your home and your AC unit cooler when the weather heats up.

For all the information you need on maintenance agreements and other tricks to keep your air conditioning system running at peak performance, contact our expert team at H.H. Hovey today.

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