As the summer months approach us, temperatures start to rise and we turn to air conditioners and fans to cool down our homes. But keeping lower temperatures inside a home and staying cool throughout the summer can greatly affect our energy bills. Did you know that choosing the right paint colors and building materials for your home can actually keep your home from getting too hot and your energy bills from rising too high?
Read on to discover how these energy-saving tips work to keep you cool!
CHOOSING AN EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR
The color of your house does more than just alter its appearance; it affects the temperature inside of your home. Most of the heat absorbed from the outside is due to the exterior wall color, and about one-third of interior heat gain results from the roof. According to the Department of Energy, dull, dark-colored home exteriors absorb 70 to 90 percent of the radiant energy from the sun that strikes the home’s surfaces. In contrast, light-colored houses will reflect away most of the heat, thus leaving very little heat to be absorbed into your home. This means that lighter paint colors will keep your home cooler and your energy bills lower.
BUILDING MATERIALS FOR YOUR HOME
Aside from paint color, the building materials that your home is made out of effects inside temperatures as well. Brick or concrete walls tend to keep more heat out, therefore contributing to cooler temperatures inside your home. Heavier materials naturally soak up heat from the outside, which slows the interior warming process in the summer. When choosing wall materials for your home, it is recommended to stay away from lightweight materials and choose dense building materials which can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
MORE ENERGY SAVING TIPS
Choosing the right building materials and paint colors can have a great impact on the temperature of your home. There are also other natural ways to help keep your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months. According to the Department of Energy, installing shades, awnings and planting trees at the south end of your house will help keep temperatures low. Also, weather stripping, caulking windows or installing insulation in your walls will help keep heat out by preventing outside air from getting into your home.