Life in Jacksonville, Florida, has undergone a sea change from the slow and relaxed pace of life we used to have a few decades back. Our home and office spaces are loaded with air conditioners, mobile phones, computers, tablets, and other energy-consuming electronic devices. These devices all affect the ecological balance in and around our homes and offices.
Outdoor Plants and Trees
Big trees or outdoor plants provide shade in summer to keep your house cool and comfortable. According to a study conducted by the University of Vermont Extension, the refreshing natural shade is as effective as 10 room-sized air conditioners. Large trees can be effective in lowering the temperature of the house by 8 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The trees shed their leaves in autumn, allowing the sun to peep through the bare branches and keep the house warmer in winter.
As a homeowner, you can plant trees that will grow up to provide enough shade to your house. Choose the plants that live longer and are resilient to natural forces like rain, wind, and storms and resistant to insects and diseases. Some of the best trees to plant for shade include birch, white ash, sugar maple, white oak, red oak, cypress, and river birch.
Planting Shrubs and Vines
In addition to shading the roof of your house, you can control the temperature of the walls. You can use vines, shrubs, and certain varieties of climbing trees to grow flat on the walls. These plants need vertical or horizontal support to grow. Let them crawl against the walls of your house to give the walls a cover from rain, dust, and wind. They will also insulate your home against noise and dust pollution.
Take due care while planting saplings. Feed them with abundant sunlight and provide partial shade. Don’t plant them too close to the house since that can have a damaging effect on the foundation of the house. Be sure to do your research to plant the tree far enough from the house so their root system doesn’t interfere with the house foundation.
Trees that have roots going deep inside the soil prevent the earth from eroding. They are usually more resilient. Water the plants when required. Choose the coolest part of the day to water the plants to avoid evaporation of excess moisture and overheating the plants.
Using Windbreaks Around the House
Plant windbreaks around the house to reduce the speed of the wind. This consists of thick vegetation of various sizes that stands in the path of the wind, thereby preventing it from disrupting the effective cooling of your home. Properly designed windbreaks can substantially cut down your cooling costs. Large evergreen trees of 6 to 12 feet would be good for windbreaks. Some of the suitable varieties you can consider planting include cedar, hemlock, loquat, and white pine.
Plants use the process of transpiration to release moisture into the air. When plants release moisture in a warm room, the temperature of the room drops considerably. A potted plant positioned correctly inside a room or near a workstation controls the temperature, adds elegance to the room decor, and freshens up the place. A healthy green plant is soothing to the eyes and it also boosts your energy.
A well-balanced approach to saving energy despite enjoying the benefits of modern amenities should be the goal of every human. At Northeast Florida Heating and Air, we understand your energy consumption requirements as well as the need to maintain the ecological balance. Our certified technicians can provide you with effective cooling solutions with energy efficiency savings. Call us at (904) 783-7003 to schedule an appointment.
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