How to Reduce Summer Heat: A Guide
Did you know that United States homeowners spend about $29 billion each year on air conditioning?
Sounds crazy, right? Sadly, all that money is for Americans to stay comfortable during the summer months.
However, by using other ways to cool your home you can save both money and energy.
So, keep reading for some helpful tips on how to reduce summer heat in your home today!
Energy Efficient Roof
Your roof plays a vital role in keeping your home cool during the summer months. By using energy-efficient shingles, you can keep it up to 50 degrees cooler than a traditional roof. And it can also save up to 15% in cooling costs.
Thus, it is important to choose shingles that will reduce your home’s intake of heat. Look for Energy Star-rated shingles to ensure your roof is reflecting the sun’s rays. Popular Energy Star brands include GAF and Owens Corning.
Other roofing options that reduce summer heat include metal roofs/shingles, tile or clay roofs, or reflective coatings.
Insulation is a thermal barrier – and it isn’t only for the winter months. It also works to keep the cold air in and the hot air out. So, it is important to insulate under your roof.
A great option is radiant barrier insulation because it reflects the sunlight. It’s made out of a reflective surface, like aluminum foil, that is on a substrate material. It is usually installed onto the attic ceiling or under the roofline.
Insulating your walls can also help with cooling a house. This type of insulation can include fiberglass, polyurethane foam, or polystyrene.
Many people choose window tinting for a quick and easy installation option. Additionally, when you apply a window film or tint, you are blocking the radiant heat in your home. This allows for a cooler temperature overall.
It is applied directly to your window and is usually made of polyester or vinyl. And there are many options to choose from ranging from decorative to privacy needs (as well as heat protectants).
One of the most simple and common ways to cool your home is using a fan. Moving air makes you feel cooler and can take the edge off the unbearable heat.
When using a ceiling fan, turn your fan counterclockwise to bring the cool air upwards. Ceiling fans are great to use in conjunction with air conditioners to make sure the cool air is circulating.
Box fans or standing fans are also great at moving the air around you. However, these may need more of a strategic placement to maximize the cool air.
Combat Summer Heat Today
Keep in mind that air conditioning isn’t the only thing working to keep you cool this summer.
If you need help cooling a house properly, be sure to look into how the structure of your home can contribute.
So, contact us today to schedule your free estimate to see how we can help you battle that scorching summer heat!