By Greg, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor,
When looking for ways to ease cooling costs, many homeowners don’t usually look outside for a solution. While landscaping is a method you might not have thought of, it’s actually a very effective one. Here are some ideas for keeping your Ventura, northern Santa Barbara or western LA counties home cooler with landscaping.
- Think about your home’s sun exposure during different times of the day. In the morning, the east wall receives the most direct sunlight. However, since the outdoor air isn’t overheated yet and the house is still quite cool from the previous night, it’s not necessary to focus on planting trees to shade the east side of your home.
- The sun shines on the south side of your home from late morning until early afternoon. The sun is actually so high in the sky, though, that the south wall isn’t what receives the brunt of the sun’s rays. Instead it’s the roof that is heated up the most. That means you should plant trees that will grow tall with wide, leafy crowns to shade the roof. Remember that it may take a few years for trees to mature to this level.
- In the late afternoon, the west wall is burdened by direct sunlight from the low, hot sun. This is the area where you should be most concerned with creating a landscape that will lower cooling costs. Plant a few trees up to 25 feet from your house to provide maximum shade from 3 to 5 p.m., generally the hottest times of the day. These trees will shade the windows and the entire west wall to reduce heat gain.
- No matter what side of your home the entryway is on, it’s a good idea to plant low-lying shrubs along the driveway and the path leading up to the door to help shade the ground and prevent heat from rising up into your home from overheated concrete or asphalt.
By implementing these tips, you can add beauty to your yard and cut cooling costs at the same time. For more information, please contact us at Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling today. We serve homeowners in Ventura, northern Santa Barbara and western LA counties.
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