Dealing with the summer heat can be pretty awful, especially here in the south. There’s always the option to crank up the A/C, but it’s not the optimal option for people who are trying to be more eco-friendly and kinder to the environment. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways that you can beat the heat without having to break the bank or falling back too often on your air condition.
It Starts at the Top
Science taught us long ago that dark colors absorb heat, while light colors reflect it. This fact holds true in everything, including the color of your roof tiles. The darker your roof, the more of the summer heat it absorbs, warming your home throughout the day. Choosing a metal roof or painting your roof white will deflect the heat and help to keep the temperatures inside your home lower throughout the sweltering summer months.
Regardless of the type of windows in your home, during the summer you should dress them with long, black out curtains that are backed in white fabric to help deflect the sun. This is especially important for windows that face the south and west; as the sun sets, it will shine directly into the house, raising the heat levels you’re already dealing with. To combat this, you should keep the curtains closed while you are out of the house, and only open your windows at night when everything is naturally cooler.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to insulate your home. Insulation helps to keep the cool air in your home during the summer and the warm air in during the winter, lowering your energy costs by a significant amount over your lifetime. Call Liberty Builders if your attic isn’t insulated yet as it will pay for itself in a very short time.
Ceiling Fans and Lights
If you have ceiling fans, why haven’t you turned them on yet? They don’t do much for you while you’re not in the house, but once you are home, flip them on, and the temperature in the room will drop to a comfortable level. You should also consider switching out your traditional light bulbs for LED lights. Traditional bulbs heat up quickly, and when everything around you is hot, more heat just adds to the discomfort, but LED lights remain cool and won’t contribute to your heat problem.
Battling the heat and being a responsible, environmentally conscious homeowner isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but it is possible. If you have questions about how to keep your home cool this summer without overusing you’re A/C, contact Liberty Builders for tips, answers, and quotes for big projects you’ve been considering. In the meantime, plant some trees around your home because their shade will help keep your home cool, and there’s nothing greener than planting trees.