Beat the heat this summer by heat-proofing your home
Keeping your home cool, or “heat-proofing” it, is a task best done now — when the summer heat may not yet be at full steam, so to speak. Scorching temperatures and rising humidity can wreak havoc on a home, both inside and out, while strong UV rays can damage everything from outdoor paneling, paint, and roofing to indoor walls, carpet, and furniture, especially if you live in the Sun Belt.
Redfin’s Emily Hiddleston advises that with a few simple preparations, you can mitigate this damage and stay comfortable by heat-proofing your home to protect it from extreme temperatures. First, look to your roof and use what is called the “cool roof” method — choosing a light color shingle that reflects light. “This will help you save up to 15% on your cooling bills and cause less damage to your roof,” says Huddleston. “One of the most affordable ways to do this – without replacing your roof – is to paint your shingles a light color. You can do this yourself, but check your shingle manufacturer’s warranty to be sure it doesn’t become void by paint.”
Next, place an awning or shade on the exterior of your home — especially if your structure has east, south, and west-facing windows and there is nothing there to provide natural shade. “An awning will block the worst of the sun’s rays from your windows,” she says. “As a result, you’ll benefit from the natural light but gain protection from the heat.” Fairly mature shade plants are also a great idea, placing them outside your windows to soak up the heat while providing shade.
Venting is vital, whether it’s a range hood in the kitchen during and after cooking or a bathroom vent or exhaust fan after a shower. Always vent hot air from your dryer directly out of the home to prevent the home from heating up.
And lastly, doors, windows, and wall insulation with higher R values will help keep the heat out and the cool air in during the summer (vice versa in the winter). If your home has older windows and faulty seals around doorways, this is the time to consider replacing them. And, of course, get your HVAC system serviced and inspected. This is no time to delay maintenance.
Source: Redfin | TBWS
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