Don’t dread the summer heat this year. Instead, use intelligent home design to keep your house cool during the hottest months.
Tint Your Windows
Sunlight brings heat with it; when it comes in through your windows, it can raise your home’s temperature by several degrees.
Try tinting your windows with heat-resistant window film. These special films block ultraviolet rays and drastically reduce the light’s heating effect. The film is transparent from the inside; you’ll be able to see out of your windows, but other people won’t be able to see in. As a bonus, window films come in multiple colors – pick a shade that creates nice ambient light.
If you’re on a budget, you don’t need to tint every window in your home. Instead, only apply film to windows on the sun-facing side of your house. Most window film companies will complete the installation for you to save time.
Plant Trees for Shade
Another great way to reduce the effect of the summer heat is by planting trees on the sun-facing side of your property. Tall trees will shade your home and keep it cool when the sun is at its peak.
Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the winter. These are the best choice for summer shade; the leaves will block the heat in the warm seasons and let in natural light during the coldest part of the year.
Trees don’t just provide shade; they also release moisture into the surrounding air. This process can reduce air temperatures by as much as 6 degrees.
Talk to a tree care specialist about the shading options on your property. You could end up with a beautiful green landscape and a significantly cooler home.
Insulate Your Home
It might seem counterintuitive, but insulation will actually keep your home cooler, not hotter. Your goal is to create a sealed environment in your house so that your air conditioner works at peak effectiveness. If cold air is escaping through tiny gaps around your windows and doors, your electric bill will be through the roof.
Insulating a home is an extensive task, but it’s well worth the reduction in energy costs. Start by checking places where air might escape; entryways, air vents, and gaps in the attic are all common culprits. If sealing these areas isn’t enough, ask an expert to check your home for more insulation options.
Increase Your Ventilation
Good airflow is key to maintaining a cool environment. You want to let hot air escape while encouraging cold air to stay in each room. Most air conditioners filter hot air to the outside, but that isn’t always enough.
Start by investing in a dehumidifier. Moisture makes the air feel much hotter than it actually is. You can also use the ventilation fan in your bathroom to suck humidity out of your house.
Next, set up fans in each room. Open a few windows and point the fans so that a nice draft is circulating through the entire house. Use overhead ceiling fans to increase this effect. Feel the direction that the air is moving; if you haven’t cooled down, try pointing your fans the other way. Design your home to increase shade and reduce the heat that enters the building. If you plan well, you will have a lower electric bill and a more enjoyable summer vacation. …