The average annual temperature of the earth continues to rise. Hotter times are becoming a fact of life. If the temperature trend continues, homeowners will need to find ways to deal with hotter weather, not just to stay comfortable, but to counter the rising costs of air conditioning.
There are steps you can take to take to heat-proof your house this year. Some of these ideas are installing cool residential roofing, improving insulation, replacing windows and adding shade.
Cool Roof Installation
There are a few ways to prevent heat from being transferred into your house from the roof. Installing a cool roof is the first option. The Department of Energy says cool roofs can be made from a special reflective paint type, a single sheet-like covering or special heat-proof tiles or shingles.
Regardless of the material, the goal of a cool roof is to reflect the sun away from home to prevent the roof from heating up and causing solar heat gain. The Department of Energy claims cool residential or commercial roofing can lower the surface temperature down by up to 50 degrees if properly installed.
Use of Shades
Solar gain can also allow heat to enter your home through the windows and make it uncomfortable or more demanding on artificial cooling. Up to 76% of the sunlight falling on a standard window enters your home as heat. You need to find a way to block this sunlight in order to heat-proof your house. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to do this. For example, shade can come from strategically planted trees. You can also replace your windows with proven heat-blocking windows or install tints. Using window treatments like blinds and curtains is also a good option.
Elite Roofing Solutions is the roofing contractor that can help you reduce heat gain in your home all year. Call us today at (855) 588-8610. We can help you in Houston, TX.