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Using Trees To Boost HVAC Efficiency

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When you buy a heating/cooling system for your home, you should look for a technologically advanced system, which should provide you with excellent temperature regulation for your home. Modern manufacturers build their systems to a higher standard than was used for earlier models of furnaces and AC units. On the other hand, sometimes the best way to provide a boost in HVAC efficiency for your home is to use a timeless system. Planting trees strategically around your home, for example, should help both to boost your AC unit's productivity as well as to reduce the load on your furnace. 

Using Trees to Boost AC Function

Understanding how an AC system works is the best way to boost AC function. On the outside of your home, you will have a condenser unit, which is designed to convert the vaporized refrigerant coming from your house back to a liquid. In order to do this, the system needs a constant supply of relatively cool air. When summer temperatures soar, your condenser unit has to work harder to cool the refrigerant, which drives up cooling costs. Planting trees can help. You need to make sure that you plant tall trees with a large crown to shade the condenser unit as well as the area around the condenser. The trees will cool the air through a process known as evapotranspiration, so your condenser coils will have a ready supply of cool air to keep them running efficiently. 

Using Trees to Boost Furnace Efficiency

If you life in a windy area, then you need to take steps to protect your home against the ravaging effects of the winds. The problem is that as the cold, arctic wind blows across the outside of your house, it absorbs heat from your house. Even with properly insulated walls, the wind can cause your home to lose heat. The faster your home loses heat, the harder your heating system has to work to heat it back up. By planting trees as a windbreak, you can improve your furnace efficiency by up to 30%

When you are brainstorming ways to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, you have to remember that your home does not exist as an independent environment. Instead, it is part of the surrounding environment and will be affected by it. Because trees can help to affect and control the immediate climate around your home, they can have a measurable and cost-saving affect on your heating and cooling costs. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Dick  Kearsley Service Center.