Who knew that proper landscaping of your home could save you money? It’s true! Did you know your Cleveland air conditioner will work harder and more frequently than you would ever want to in direct sunlight? Now is the time to prepare for the summer heat by giving the AC a break while at the same time saving money on utility bills.
Examine Your AC Unit
- Cut back any overgrown bushes or plants nearby, and remove any weeds growing near or over your Cleveland 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 AC 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 a Cleveland air conditioning unit ensures that there is reduced wear and tear on the AC unit, 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. To schedule your annual maintenance visit, give Pompeii’s Plumbing & Heating a call!