Tampa Air Conditioning Tip: Landscaping, Your AC, and Saving Money!

Who knew that proper landscaping of your home could save you money?  It’s true!  During those hot, summer months all we want is respite from that heat, and maybe a cool drink to sip.  If placed in direct sunlight, our Tampa air conditioners will work harder and more frequently than we would ever want to in such direct heat.  This is the time to prepare for the inevitable by giving the AC a break while at the same time saving money on utility bills.

Inspect, prune, and pay attention!  Get out in that garden and have a look at that AC unit!

  • Cut back any overgrown bushes or plants nearby, and remove any weeds growing near or over the AC unit, in order to ensure proper air circulation is maintained in the space immediately surrounding the AC unit. It might even be prudent to place stepping stones or cement in the foot of space immediately surrounding the unit, to keep a good barrier between the unit and surrounding foliage.
  • Pull out that green thumb and plant some flowers or greenery surrounding but not too close to the AC unit, making it a part of the yard’s landscaping, rather than an eye-sore which stands out.
  • Get your air conditioner under the shade.  This can be done simply by adding trees or tall bushes near the AC unit, protecting it from the blazing sun.  AC units can also be moved to the North side of a house or other building, making sure they are under the shade during the heat of the day.  Ensuring an AC unit is in the shade can mean not only saving approximately 5% on cooling bills, but can also increase the energy efficiency of the air conditioning unit by upwards of 10%.
  • Add trees or tall foliage all around a property to provide shade directly on the home or building, which can additionally contribute to overall cooling of the yard and buildings being cooled.

Proper landscape maintenance near, upkeep of, and airflow to an air conditioning unit ensures that there is reduced wear and tear on your Tampa air conditioner, helping it to run more efficiently for a much longer period of time.  Pay attention to your AC unit and it will provide a great service for many years. For more information about how to keep your air conditioner running efficiently, give Air National a call today!

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments are closed.