A heat pump can be a great choice for heating and cooling a home because you can use one piece of equipment to handle all your home conditioning needs. Not only will this save money on installation and maintenance costs, but it will allow you to use a smaller mechanical room. While a heat pump can be a great choice for your home, you still need to remember that your heat pump is only one component of your home's heating and cooling system. To get the most from your heating and cooling equipment, you need to make sure that you have the right set up.
Trees to Boost Cooling
During the summer your heat pump will depend on its condenser coils' ability to expel heat into the outside air. Sunlight can heat up the coils themselves, which will decrease their ability to cool air. Also, the hotter the outside air is, the harder it is for your equipment to push heat into the air. By planting trees in your yard, not only will they shade the coils and thus help to keep them cool, but you can reduce the air temperatures. Trees cool air through a process known as evapotranspiration. Trees, thus, create a large volume of relatively cool air for your coils to use in cooling the refrigerant running through them. You might think that you will have to wait decades before you reap the benefits a tree offers, but some trees will grow as much as ten feet in a year. By strategically planting one of these trees, you can start to see benefits within a year or two.
Trees to Reduce Wind Chill
Trees can improve the function of your heat pump in a second way. As heat escapes your home during the winter, your heat pump has to work harder to keep your home warm. Nothing more than a cool wind moving along the outside of your home can rob its heat. By planting trees along the the north and west sides of your home, you can block this winter wind and thus help to keep your home warmer and reduce the load on your heat pump.
When you choose a heat pump for your home, you need to realize that landscaping choices can have a significant impact on the function of your heat pump. Trees, in particular, can play a role in boosting the function of your heat pump. Choosing fast-growing trees will make sure that see benefits from your tree placement in just a few years. For more information, contact companies like Actionaire Inc.