One thing that all of us want is to have a home where the rooms inside of it remain at a comfortable temperature year-round. However, when it’s the peak of the summer season, sometimes that can be really challenging; especially if you happen to live in a warmer climate.
If you’ve been looking for a few ways that you can reduce heat gain so that your home can remain cooler and you don’t have to pay more on your energy costs, we have provided you with five great tips to achieve both of those goals below:
Paint your roof white. Something that more and more people are doing is painting their roof white. That’s because being that the color white reflects like rather than absorbs it, having a white roof keeps your home from taking in all of the heat from the sun. If you don’t want to change the color of your roof but you would still like the cooling results that come with painting it white, there are also protective coatings that you can purchase from your local home improvement store.
Have your windows professionally tinted. Oftentimes, when people think of windows being tinted, cars are what come to mind. But you can actually get the windows of your home professionally tinted as well. Not only does this help to give you more privacy (because if gives you the ability to look out of them while preventing others from looking in), but it also reduces the chances of your fabric and floors fading from the sun’s rays. Plus, it helps to keep your home at a regulated temperature too.
Get some thermal curtains. If you’ve been thinking about updating your window treatments, something that you can do to give them a new look while also preventing the outdoor heat from coming into your house is to put up some thermal curtains. They are made out of the kind of the material that will reduce the heat in your home by several degrees. And as an added bonus, you can find them for a pretty affordable price at stores like Wal-Mart and Target.
Turn on your ceiling fans. According to many energy experts, you can set your programmable thermostat to between 73-74 degrees and keep the rooms in your house at a pleasing temperature all year long. But if you do happen to experience any abnormally hot day, something that you can do to increase air circulation is by turning on your ceiling fans. That will automatically reduce the temperature in your house by about five degrees.
Conduct an energy audit. There are some people whose homes continue to feel warm no matter what and it’s because there is an air leak somewhere within the their house or their HVAC unit is not working at its optimal level (which could be due to an clogged filter or air duct or something that is directly related to the air handling unit building code). Something that you can do to see your unit needs maintenance is to conduct an energy audit. For more information on how to do one yourself, visit Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.