Sitting in the shade on a hot day is a nice way to stay cool. The same is true for your air conditioner. Air conditioning efficiency is heavily impacted by the amount of heat and sun being placed on your AC.
If shaded by a tree for most of the day your cooling system won’t have to work as hard as it would if it were in direct sunlight. As a result, it’ll run more efficiently, and you’ll save money on your energy bills.
If the compressor or condenser sits in the hot sun, it needs to cool itself off as well as the air that it draws from inside the house. A cooler unit will not only save you money, but it will have a longer life and require less maintenance over the years. On top of that adding greenery to your yard is always beneficial in terms of cooling your home and yard overall.
There are other options to keep the sun off your air conditioner. Sunshades and other elevated covers or awnings that are made specifically for air conditioners to maintain their efficiency are also excellent, yet less natural, ways to keep your air conditioner cool.
Impeding Air Conditioning Efficiency
One thing to note when planting trees and other shrubs to shade your air conditioner is not to have them too close. Your air conditioner relies on the space and air surrounding it to work properly and efficiently.
When the leaves of trees and bushes reduce the airflow around your air conditioner it has to work harder to move the air around it. Additionally, if a tree or bush is too close it can get scorched by the air conditioner, so keeping them at a safe distance is also in their best interest.
It’s also important to make sure that the trees or bushes you plant won’t drop their seeds, which can fall into your air conditioner and cause problems or safety hazards.