Spring is officially here, bulbs are blooming and sprucing up the outside of your home is top of mind as relaxing outside is more enticing. Spring landscaping is a great way to celebrate the season as well as prepping your home’s exterior for the summer months. Did you know spring landscaping can also save you serious cash on your monthly energy bills? Check out these easy-to-follow spring landscaping tips to make your home look great AND save on your energy bills all year long.
Don’t miss these energy-saving spring landscaping tips:
- Assess the situation. Start your spring landscaping project by assessing the exterior of your home to determine the places benefitting from changes the most. Which windows or walls receive the most sun? Your recipe to save on your energy bills this year should include trees strategically placed to provide natural shade relieving the workload on your heating and cooling system. Another time-tested method is to plant trees to provide a wind break, sheltering the home. Be sure to plant a reasonable distance away from your home in areas prone to severe thunderstorms or hurricanes to prevent damage from branches and downed trees. Also, consult with your local nursery – some trees have a shallow or pervasive root system possibly causing foundation or plumbing headaches if planted too close to the home.
- Space issues, don’t despair. Even for those with small lawns or limited space, spring landscaping to save on energy bills is possible. You may focus on vines and shrubs to provide shade such as trellised vines to shade walls and windows while taking up much less space. Even annual sunflowers can grow tall within 90 days, providing a bit of shade before being pulled in the fall so the sun can once again warm the interior.
- Look at the big picture. Every home is unique and the chances to use spring landscaping tips will vary depending on your home’s makeup. Take a step back and search for key places you can improve your energy efficiency this spring. Look at your home’s exterior for areas to benefit from adding some shade as well as other types of landscaping to help with your energy efficiency.
- Don’t forget to maintain the area around your outdoor units. Debris from storms or changing seasons can clutter the area around exterior units and foliage can overgrow, reducing the airflow. Be sure greenery is at least 2-3 feet from the compressor or outdoor boxes. Consider surrounding outdoor units with gravel instead of grass or mulch. Heavy rainfall can cause mud to splash up into the fan blades and coil. Cutting grass while the fan is on can suck grass clippings into the unit choking the fan and reducing efficiency. Gently hose off mud or grass from the blades and consult your HVAC technician at his or her next visit.
Many factors affect the temperature and comfort of your house including the external air temperature, ground temperature, the amount of sun shining through your windows, as well as air leaks around doors and windows. Smart landscaping can go a long way toward increasing the comfort of your home. By following these basic spring landscaping tips, such as strategically placing shade trees or shrubbery, you can make a big difference in your comfort and the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, which can translate into savings on your monthly energy bills.
When it comes to helping its customer optimize their heating and cooling systems, Stiles Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing is the go-to HVAC service provider for the Athens area as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Our family-owned and operated HVAC service company stays up to date on all the latest technology and leads the industry with a philosophy of the highest quality products and services. Our professional technicians are NATE-certified and will help you determine the best ways to keep you home comfortable and efficient.