Sunday, July 8, 2012

With the heat we've been having, I'm sure that air conditioner has had a work out.  Did you know that homes with mature trees planted in the right location can provide significant savings on your cooling costs.  Trees can add value to your home and in these extreme summer temperatures can help cool your home and neighborhood.

The following are some statistics on just how important trees are in providing a cooling effect to your home.

“The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” —U.S. Department of Agriculture

“If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%.” —Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research

“Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20–50 percent in energy used for heating.” —USDA Forest Service

As you can see, there are some major benefits to be had to planting trees in the right place to reap the benefits of cooling and shade.  
Shading your windows and roof is the surest way to reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumption. One of the best ways to shade the home is to strategically planted shade trees. At today’s electricity costs, it pays to buy a large tree (14-22 feet tall), to shade the roof or windows. The tree’s type and where you plant it will determine how effectively it reduces your energy costs.

Tall trees with spreading canopies are the best sun blockers, when the sun is high in the sky. The sun is highest in the sky in the summer months and in the middle of the day. Plant these tall trees on the south side of your home 10 to 25 feet from the house to shade the south-facing windows and the roof. This will help prevent summer and midday sunlight from overheating the home. Tall trees will allow low-angle sunlight to hit the home in winter months when warmth is needed.

Broader, shorter trees are useful for blocking lower-angle sun. The sun is lower in the sky in the morning and evening during all seasons, and throughout the entire day in winter. Plant the broad trees 20 to 50 feet away from the east and west walls to block the morning and afternoon sun that tends to overheat a home during the summer months.
Tree planting is a very site-specific and climate-specific job. Discuss your tree planting plans with your local nursery’s tree specialist or a local landscape architect. Investigate tree characteristics such as watering needs, required levels of clean-up (fruit, flowers, and leaves, for example) and whether the tree roots may clog nearby drain pipes.
Trees on the South should overhang the roof. Trees on the East and West should block the sun coming from a low angle.
The way you plant a tree is very important to its health and growth rate. Investigate the soil at your tree-planting site. Loosen the soil at your planting site to a depth of at least a foot and then remove it. Follow our tree expert’s recommendations for adding organic matter or fertilizer if necessary. When trees shade your yard, the yard needs less watering and the air around your home is cooler. It's time to contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. and talk to one of our certified arborists to guide you in picking the correct tree and planting it in the right place.  Give us a call at 847-913-9069 or fill out our online form at and we'll be in touch with you shortly.
Trees "R " Us, Inc. is proud to educate our communities on proper tree care and maintenance.

It is through education that we really save trees and help the environment.  We hope you found this post informative and educational. 
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service for the Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs.  Tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, fertilizations, tree disease treatments and prevention as well as plant health care are just a few of our high quality, professional services.  Contact us today for a free analysis or quote at or at 847-913-9069.
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