Good landscaping can raise the value of your Palm Bay, Florida, home. It also increases your HVAC system’s efficiency, which helps lower your utility bills. In addition, it makes spending time in your backyard much more pleasant for you and your family members. You can save energy with landscaping by adding shade, maintaining your outdoor HVAC unit and choosing plants carefully.

Add Shade

The mature plants in your garden are easy to take care of, and they produce plenty of shade in summer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, only a few trees can save you more than $100 per year. Place deciduous trees on the west side of your house to protect your family members from the hot afternoon sun. Since these trees lose their leaves in winter, the sun will still be able to reach your home when it’s cold outside. Smaller trees usually grow faster, and many have beautiful flowers that add color to your landscape.

Protect Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

You should also place an awning over your outdoor HVAC unit to protect it from leaves, pine needles, grass clippings and the sun. Metal cages that can keep falling tree branches and other hazards away are available as well. Trim any hedges or other plants near your outdoor unit and check it regularly for debris. That way, you can make sure your system’s airflow and efficiency stays high.

Choose Plants Carefully

When possible, choose plants that don’t need additional water or lots of maintenance. Clover and creeping fig make great ground covers, and you won’t have to use fuel to mow them like you would with grass. You can also add vines for a unique look and extra insulation for your home.

Merritt Island Air & Heat is a Trane Comfort Specialist with decades of air conditioning experience. We can help you conserve energy, make you and your family members more comfortable, and keep your HVAC system in great condition. For excellent service, call us at 321-207-9170.

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