In an area like Pittsburgh, your HVAC system is an important part of your home. Abrupt weather changes mean that you’ll want your system in great shape. We recommend regular checkups to maintain a long life. Regular scheduled services also help you avoid an emergency furnace repair when the temperatures dip in the winter. And you won’t find yourself without a working air conditioner on the hottest day of the year.

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Scheduling a yearly appointment is one way to make sure that your system operates effectively. But there are a number of other measures you can take around your home to help the efficiency of your units. One thing many people don’t think of is their landscaping.

Planting Trees to Help Your HVAC Efficiency

You can replace old windows to help with energy efficiency in your home. Other remodeling upgrades can also improve your HVAC performance, such as adding siding or replacing old insulation. But the outside landscaping of your home can also have a tremendous impact on your HVAC costs.

  • Placement of trees. Trees around your home can provide a great deal of shade. If you place a line of trees on the side of your home with the most sun, that will mean a lower temperature and less need for air in the summer. In Pittsburgh, harsh winters are a bigger concern than hot summers. Consider keeping the sunlight stream intact on that side of your home to help with natural light in the winter and less work for your heating system.
  • Shrubbery around home. Shrubbery around the home can provide a buffer from heavy winds that provides extra insulation to your home.
  • Shrubbery near units. If you do plant shrubbery around your home, make certain that your air unit is clear of debris and that none of the foliage can damage your unit.
  • Ivy for insulation. Ivy and climbing vines offer a quaint look to many homes. What you might not know is that it also provides a natural insulation to keep your home cooler in the summer.

Looking for the Best Contractor to Install Your HVAC and Discuss Energy Saving Measures?

If you’re looking for air conditioning contractors in Pittsburgh, PA, the experts at Stahl Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning offer 24 hour service and experience you can trust. Contact us today, whether you have a current need for repairs or questions about better efficiency measures for your current system.