Planting trees can not only add to the aesthetic appeal of your home, but it can help you save the green in the environment– and the green in your wallet. The shade that a tree casts, if positioned properly, can really help lower the natural temperature of your home and have your cooling unit working less. Less work means less costs and a longer lifespan for your unit.
Where to Plant
- You’re going to want to plant on the West and Northwest sides of your home to provide mid and late afternoon shade.
- These are the hottest times of day, making them the times that you want to prepare for most.
- If your window cooling unit is currently being exposed to constant sunlight, plant a small tree or shrub nearby to provide shade for at least part of the day.
- Shade patios, driveways and other high use property areas.
What to Plant
- Large deciduous trees and their leaves provide the best shade for a Denver area home.
- Be sure to trim the trees and keep them off the roof to avoid attic pests.
- If you have an old tree that is not providing much shade, place a patio area or sitting space nearby so it is serving a purpose.
Take Caution with Sewer Lines
While trees are great for air conditioner efficiency, they are not always as kind to plumbing. Your main sewer line runs underneath your home and so do your trees roots, which is why they often meet up. The water and nutrients in the sewer line are attractive to a growing tree so they infiltrate the pipe. When that happens, pipes are blocked and sewage is going to come to a halt.
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