A windbreak is a series of strategically chosen trees and shrubs located near a home to minimize the wind's negative impact on the home's heating loads. Windbreaks obstruct and redirect wind flow and reduce the wind speed near a home, thus reducing the effect of the wind chill and lessening the need to heat the home. Excellent wind protection can reduce heating costs considerably; in fact, the Agriculture Program at Texas A&M University recorded up to 23 percent savings when comparing homes landscaped with windbreaks and homes without them.
Landscape windbreaks are commonly dense evergreen trees and shrubs. They're chosen because their mature heights in relation to typical home heights are ideal for wind blockage, because they're dense enough to stop most of the wind and because they have foliage that extends to the ground. In addition to planting banks of large trees and shrubs, planting smaller shrubs and vines next to a home also reduces airflow, further insulating the home.
Follow these suggestions for selecting and locating windbreaks:
The climate in which the home is located also helps determine how best to use landscaping windbreaks. Follow these suggestions for using windbreaks in the United States' four climatic regions: cool, temperate, hot-humid and hot-arid.
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