Your home should be your own personal oasis. However, when summer arrives, scorching temperatures and rising humidity can wreak havoc on a home, both indoors and out. Extreme heat can make a home’s interior uncomfortable for everyone inside, while strong UV rays can damage everything from paneling, paint and roofing to interior walls, carpet and furniture. This is especially true if you live somewhere with sweltering temperatures such as Phoenix, AZ, or high humidity, such as New Orleans, LA.
Fortunately, with a few simple preparations, you can limit this damage and stay comfortable no matter the season. Check out these five ways to heat-resistant and protect your home from extreme temperatures.
1. Replace your shingles – To keep your roof cool, you can use the “cool roof” method. If you have a new roof installed, choose a light-colored clapboard that reflects light. This way you save up to 15% on your cooling bills and you cause less damage to your roof. One of the most affordable ways to do this – without replacing your roof – is to give your shingles a light color. You can do this yourself, but check your clapboard manufacturer’s warranty to make sure it won’t be ruined by paint.
2. Place an awning or shade on the outside of your home – This is especially important for east, south and west facing windows when there is no landscape providing natural shade. An awning blocks the worst rays of the sun from your windows. This allows you to benefit from the natural light, but protects you from the heat.
3. Release hot air – To quickly cool a hot kitchen, use the extractor hood to remove steam and hot air from cooking. The bathroom ventilation does the same after a shower or bath. And always blow warm air straight from your tumble dryer out of the house. This way you prevent the house from heating up and it remains comfortable.
Plant shade plants – To consider planting trees and shrubs outside your windows that absorb the heat and provide you with shade. These take time to grow, so you’ll want to buy mature trees if possible.
Invest in better insulation – Doors, windows and wall insulation with higher R-values help keep the heat out and the cool air in the summer and vice versa in the winter.
Keeping your home cool during extreme heat can be a multi-step process, but it’s worth the effort. You protect your home systems from damage while staying comfortable at the same time.