Whether you believe in climate change or not, there is no denying that modern urban developments are hotter places to live than more established leafy suburbs.
New urban areas and cities are comprised of hard surfaces, roads, paved areas and buildings. Hard surfaces absorb heat thus heating the surrounding air.
Studies have shown that parts of cities without cooling shade from trees can literally be “heat islands,” with temperatures as much as 8 degrees Celsius higher than surrounding areas.
Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning in summer.
Studies have shown that the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 – 50 percent in energy used for cooling.
The recent heat wave we have experienced on the Central Coast should have you re-considering your need to remove trees and instead make plans to retain the trees in your gardens or plant new ones.
Speak with a qualified Arborist for advice on where to plant or what species to plant, so that you can have summer shade and winter sun.