A majority of the heat inside of our homes comes from outside of the home. This includes windows, cracks, crevices, doors and even the walls and attic. The more sunlight beats down on the house, the hotter it is inside, which is why it makes sense to prevent as much heat as possible from entering in the first place.
Change the Color of Your Roof
Start with where there is the greatest amount of surface area closest to the sun: the roof. Painting your roof white, or some close variation, is a popular method used to reduce the amount of heat penetrating through the roof. In fact, you may start to notice that all commercial buildings have white roofs for this very purpose, mandated by law.
High Windows for Natural Ventilation
Heat rises so why not allow it to air out? High windows in homes are a natural and cost-effective way of removing heat from the home. Try to pick an area of the wall where it is met with the least amount of sunlight.
This strategy prevents it from backfiring and becoming another entryway for unwanted or unnecessary heat.
Awnings Against Light-Facing Windows
To the same logic, windows and walls that stand in direct sunlight need extra protection against penetrating heat. Assembling awnings help block or deflect sunlight from window spaces.
Another similar option is to add plants, particularly larger and leafier varieties in front of windows to guard the window from incoming heat.
These two solutions combined greatly reduce the amount of heat entering the house.
Uproot Carpets for Wood Floors
Carpets are by far the most comfortable flooring for our feet. At the same time, they basically blanket the ground in warmth, which is unhelpful when we rather stay cool.
Removing carpet is the favored choice for more modern homes, especially since cleaning is much easier. Opting for wood floors also elevates indoor air quality and minimizes the amount of heat insulated inside the home.
Add Ceiling Fans
People often overlook the usefulness of ceiling fans when the central air system is readily available, but these fans can be extremely cooling if used correctly.
The summertime setting rotates the fan blades in the counterclockwise direction, blowing cool air down. Though no air is actually cooled or heated, the ability to move stratified air around is what makes ceiling fans a unique choice in home cooling.
To optimize this low-cost way of home heating and air conditioning, install multiple ceiling fans where people in your home congregate most.
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