Summer is the season of sun, surf and sand, but it quickly loses its appeal when your home is just as hot as the outdoors. If you’ve got air conditioning, you can live in relative ease, but you may find that the prices for cooling your home will break your bank. If you’re looking to reduce your AC usage, there are a couple of other things you can do to help cool your home this summer.
If you’re not keen on DIY, don’t worry, you can give Authentic Restoration a call on (833) 318-7663. They’ll be able to give you professional advice and will help you get your indoor temperatures under control.
Keeping Your Home Cool in the Summer
Use light-colored roof tiles
Darker roof tiles, especially black ones, both attract and absorb heat quickly. This process will heat up your entire home during the summer, which means you’ll need more power going to your AC to keep the atmosphere at a pleasant temperature.
By replacing dark tiles with lighter-colored ones, the roof will reflect more sunlight during the day. During the hottest part of the day, the surface reflects light and heat, lowering the overall absorption rate for a cooler home.
Ensure you have proper insulation
Proper insulation is essential to maintaining an even temperature in your home. Insulation keeps warmth in during the winter months and protects your home from excess heat in the summer. If you have an attic, you can even double up on your insulation for better temperature control.
Not only is it possible to have a layer of insulation on your roof, but also between the attic joists and the main cavity. This extra layer will ensure that no heat from the attic drifts unwanted into your home, keeping the interior as cool as a cucumber.
It’s also a wise idea to check your insulation periodically, to make sure that it’s airtight and in adequate condition. Poor quality insulation won’t work as well, though, and should be replaced by newer materials whenever possible.
Check your attic for signs of damage
Insignificant patches of minor damage can escalate into massive problems if left unattended. These damaged spots might allow moisture into the floor of the attic. This infiltration, combined with summer heat, leads to warping and more severe problems in the long run. These areas also allow heat to penetrate what would otherwise be kept at bay, causing a warmer home when you need it the least.
Check where your exhaust fans lead
You may assume that your bathroom and kitchen fans are connected to the outside, but if your installation was done poorly, they might just vent directly into the attic. This can lead to mold and rot concerns that can damage the structural integrity of the roof. These vents may also be leaking cool air from the house into the attic, so make sure that you check your venting to make sure it’s installed properly.
The roofing experts at Authentic Restoration highly recommend having your roof and attic checked on a regular basis to ensure that everything is in excellent condition and functioning as intended. Give us a call on (833) 318-7663 today to arrange an inspection.