How do homes and other buildings lose heat during the winter months?

Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Homes and businesses lose heat through air infiltration, heat conduction and radiation transmission.


To reduce air infiltration, properly positioning vegetation around homes and businesses can help slow wind velocities.

To reduce heat conduction, layer the vegetation close to and on exterior walls to trap air. This will serve as an pseudo-insulation for exterior surfaces.

Lastly, radiation transmission takes place mostly through windows, so blocking windows with vegetation will decrease heat loss from the home. However, if the window faces towards the winter sun (south), vegetation may block out sunlight that would warm the house.

Connect with us

  • Facebook
  • YouTube


This is where you can find research-based information from America's land-grant universities enabled by



This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.