The winter months are here. But even though it is colder outdoors the sun’s rays still produce a lot of heat in the middle of the day. The shade of a tree that cool’s you on a hot day, can do the same for your air conditioner year-round. Your air conditioner and trees can be important to your energy efficiency.
The cooling system won’t have to work as hard if shady trees keep your home from heating up as much in the first place. These same trees can help block the cold winter winds from blowing directly on your home.
If you have central air conditioning, trees and shrubs are a good way to shade the compressor.
A compressor that sits out in the hot sun must cool itself as well as the air it draws from inside the house. A shaded compressor stays cooler, so it will work more efficiently at lower cost and have a longer life.
You however don’t want to surround your compressor with a thicket of shrubs. Make sure it’s easy to reach the unit for regular service.
It’s also essential not to interfere with the airflow around the compressor. The unit disposes of heat by blowing out hot air. If that flow is blocked, the system won’t work well.
To avoid clogging the compressor’s machinery, choose a tree or shrub that doesn’t drop a lot of seeds or pods.
Regular maintenance will prolong the tree’s life, and the cool shade and savings they provide.
We at Action Heating and Air Conditioning hope that you found this information to be helpful. We have been serving the Mobile and Baldwin County communities since 1997. Please call us at 251 272-5900 for any heating or cooling repairs, as well as affordable financing on new systems. We also offer year-round maintenance programs to help you save money on costly repairs and to help your HVAC system run more cost efficiently. Please visit our website at www.callaction.net to meet our team, review all the services we offer, and to find some seasonal discounts we offer.