Wednesday, June 25, 2014

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool This #Summer ~ #Tips

With the heat of summer already here, many homeowners are looking to keep their homes cool while also reducing energy spending and consumption. Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to keep indoor temperatures low, from simple remodeling to larger-scale renovations. Whether the goal is to make a few small changes around the house or to dive into something more involved, here are some great ways to stay cool this summer:

1. Enhance Your Existing Windows

Many homeowners may already have quality wood-windows installed, but using them to their full potential requires a bit more than just having an efficient and beautiful material. It’s important to ensure the wood is in optimal condition.

To accomplish this, inspect the wood each year thoroughly, and be sure to add caulk or stripping if necessary. These are essential for managing temperatures within the home. Wood is also an effective insulator, and because these windows can be painted, going with a lighter shade for the summer can help keep temperatures cool.

2. Install Energy-Efficient Windows

If the performance of existing windows has been terribly unsatisfactory during previous summers, considering a change to a different style or material might be the best solution. Wood windows work incredibly well at managing temperatures in the house, but they come at the cost of regular maintenance and cleaning. Since this isn’t always desirable, both vinyl and fiberglass are popular alternatives.

Vinyl is best known for its affordability, and its very structure works well as an insulator for virtually any season. Fiberglass, on the other hand, offers some benefits of both wood and vinyl; as a man made material, it’s designed to be resilient and handles temperature very well. Just like wood, it can be painted not only to look attractive but also to encourage energy-efficiency and to help keep temperatures comfortable.

3. Insulate Your Attic to Discourage Heat Capturing

One of the most problematic areas when it comes to keeping a house cool is the attic. It is notorious for reaching sweltering temperatures that transfer to the rest of the house, even when the weather outside isn’t hot or humid.

Maintaining attic temperatures may require a roof renovation, but sometimes, it’s as simple as installing adequate insulation. Another possible option is installing a fan to move hot air out of the attic.

4. Manage Sunlight Exposure

Keeping temperatures low in the home is sometimes as easy as finding ways to reduce exposure to sunlight. One very easy way to accomplish this is to drape large, heavy curtains over windows. When used with quality, energy-efficient windows, curtains can block and reflect the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Another effective way to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the house is to invest in an awning above doors and windows directly facing the sun. Quality, metal awnings can keep heat from reaching the window, and if painted a light color, they can also reflect sunlight.

5. Consider a Metal Roof

While it may seem like a major renovation to fix a simple problem, choosing to go with a metal roof can provide a number of benefits to any homeowner. One of the most significant advantages is a metal roof’s ability to keep a house cool during the summer months.

Metal roofing, in its various styles and forms, is known to be particularly effective at keeping homes comfortable. This is because metal roofs don’t use tar, and they are more structurally sound than asphalt roofing. As well, they can be painted with certain colors and finished to reflect ultraviolet rays.

Whether the goal is to find a way to make temperatures a bit more bearable during the summer, or to find a more permanent way to manage energy use and overall comfort in the house, there are a number of fantastic remodeling projects available to the average homeowner.

Paul Kazlov is a “green” home remodeling enthusiast and an industry pioneer for innovation in home renovation. Paul writes for the Global Home Improvement and strives to educate people about “green” products such as metal roofing and solar. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.

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