Summer is here, and it's only getting hotter. It can be tempting to keep the air conditioning running full blast, but that gets expensive quickly. So what are you to do? Well, one strategy might be to reduce the loss of cool air in your home. There are a few ways you can do this. Things like sealing key parts of your home, adding exterior paint, and making sure your home is properly insulated can all help you retain more of that refreshing cool air in your home.
Your parents may have told you at one point to close a door or window because they didn't pay to air condition the world, and the same thing applies to proper sealing. Poorly sealed homes leak warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer. There are some key parts of your home you should make sure are sealed properly. Areas surrounding windows should be caulked. You may need to re-caulk the window if it's damaged or missing. Doors are another key area. Make sure the weather stripping is in good condition and provides an adequate seal to make sure that in the summer the cool air stays in and the heat stays out.
Adding a layer of quality exterior paint can also help keep your house cooler. You'll want to choose your paint carefully though. Not just any paint will do though. Lighter shades like white do a better job reflecting sunlight and keeping your home cooler. Darker shades, on the other hand, can cause your house to retain heat. Shine levels in the paint make a difference as well. Higher sheen is more reflective, where duller paint will also cause more heat to be absorbed.
Good insulation can make a world of difference when it comes to retaining cool air in your home. Insulation helps keep the summer heat from seeping through your house's boundaries to the inside, and prevents the cool air from doing the same. Walls, floors, roofs, and ceilings can all be insulated for maximum effect. There are different types of materials used for insulation, each with their own set of pros and cons. Some work well for DIY projects and others may require a professional to install. Make sure you do your research to find out which insulation will work best for you.
Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean it has to be hot inside. Good insulation, adding a coat of paint to your home's exterior, and making sure the doors and windows are properly sealed can go a long way to retaining cool air in your home. You'll be well on your way to beating the heat.
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