Calgary Heating: How Plants Can Help Keep Your Home Cooler This Summer
Not everyone can afford to crank on several air conditioners or one big central air conditioner whenever the heat wave rolls in here in Calgary. Even if you can afford it, wouldn’t it be nice to save some money and make your home look nicer? One of the easiest ways to do both? Plants. Indoor and outdoor greenery is a great way to keep the temperatures down when the sun is blazing. The trick is to use the plants correctly so that you have a cooler home in the summer without a lot of humidity or a lot of nuisance in yard work.
Outside Plants to Keep the House Cool
Planting trees outside is a good way to start weatherproofing your home, but you have to know what to do with them! Although planting on the south side may be your instinct, the best places to plant trees are on the east and west side. That way you can protect your home from the heat of the rising and setting sun in the summer, but let your home soak up the winter heat from the south in winter. Planting deciduous tress is best because the leaves fall around the time you’d be turning up the heat anyway. Beyond that, plant your favourite trees and make sure to take good care of them!
Indoor Plants to Keep the House Cool
Did you know that indoor plants can help bring the temperature of your home down as well? Plus, indoor plants can promote relaxation and cleaner air. The trick is to choose plants which are low maintenance and are safe for pets and children. Some good ones include the Tropical Combo Bansai which is incredibly low maintenance and gives you a whiff of the tropics every time you pass. Chinese Evergreen is low maintenance, grows in low light and acts as a natural air purifier. And Spider plant is one of those plants that are nigh on invincible and are safe to have around children and animals. The trick with any indoor plants is to make sure you follow the instructions for their care and instruct children on proper safety around them (namely not to eat them!)
There are other benefits to plants aside from keeping your home cool. They are relaxing, they are colourful, and they can purify the air you breathe while providing a good level of humidity. The air even smells nicer while they’re around! So if you’re looking for a way to save money on your air conditioning bill and promote relaxation, plants are one of the best ways to do it.
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