Air conditioner shade or misting?
I live in West Michigan, a mile from the big lake. A lake breeze allows use of the AC sparingly, except when hot and humid like now and next couple weeks.
I'd like to do something to lesson the work (and cost) of running the whole house AC which is on the west side of the house. It is in direct sunlight from about noon on. I put an arbor over last year but bushes aren't growing as fast as I'd like. Even if grown over the top would not provide shade as the sun gets lower in the sky traversing further west.
I'm thinking of a temporary "roof" over the arbor to provide a little more shade till about 3PM. (I can't cover the whole side as that would inhibit air flow)
I also have a "mister" which I used last year and now hooking to a 24V solenoid so it only runs when the AC is on.
Which of the two; 1. Roof for shade 2. Spray mist, will help the most with my AC electric usage? Any idea how much (%) more efficient either solution would work best ?