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How to Use Landscaping to Save Energy

Landscaping can add to the aesthetic appeal of your yard and home. The right landscaping can even help you to save energy on air conditioning by reducing the impact of outdoor temperatures around your Arlington, Virginia, home. Trees, vines, and awnings in the right places can block hot summer sun or cold winter winds. Larger, more mature plants are more effective, so you may need to wait a few years for maximum savings. Here are some more easy ways to save energy and reduce your utility bills with landscaping.

Plant Trees

Deciduous trees offer summer shade, and they lose their leaves in fall. Plant smaller trees like dogwoods closer to your house to shade walls and windows. The sun can still pass through the bare branches in winter and warm your home. Trees on the west and northwest sides of your home will block the hot afternoon sun best. To block cold winds in winter and give you more privacy, plant dense evergreen trees or shrubs around the edges of your yard.

Plant Vines

Until your trees can grow large enough to give good shade, plant vines. Climbing vines on trellises can hide your outdoor air conditioning unit and decorate your patio or porch. The added shade keeps your air conditioner from having to work as hard and increases its lifespan. Make sure your unit has at least two feet of space around it on all sides for good airflow. You can also train many vines to grow against the side of your home for extra insulation in summer and winter.

Build Fences and Awnings

A fence can provide privacy and block wind just like evergreen trees. Building a fence is also faster than waiting for trees to grow. Awnings near windows add shade and reduce glare. They also make porches and patios more comfortable.

Brennan’s Heating and Air Conditioning is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. We employ professional and experienced technicians who can effectively install, repair, or maintain your heater and air conditioner. We can also provide essential advice regarding ways to use landscaping and other methods to increase air conditioning efficiency. Call us anytime at 703-783-0145 for more information.

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