When Avoiding The Sun Just Isn’t An Option
The hot summer months are just around the corner, and as we prepare for the days when the mercury will push into the 40s, we need to adjust our homes to the heat. After spending the summer in the heat, we thought we’d find ways on how you can keep your sun-facing room cool despite its unfortunate position. High temperatures can also cause real problems if you want a good night’s rest. Following the tips noted down below can help you considerably cool your room down.
You will find tips on how to keep your home cooler when the thermometer rises, how to use your air conditioning more efficiently, and what you can do to keep yourself more comfortable. Many of these tips will also help you sleep, as it is a really difficult time to stay cool since you tend to sweat a lot more in the night when it gets too hot—and you know how much waking up in a cold sweat ruins your day.
Add Thicker Wall Insulation
You’ll spend much more money trying to air-condition a sun-bathed room that lacks adequate insulation than adding sufficient insulation. You can reduce its cooling needs by about 25 percent if you thoroughly insulate the walls. Some siding panels and doors come with built-in insulation.
Plant More Trees
Although this solution requires a lot of patience, a relatively small investment can cut cooling expenses for succeeding years. You should only shade windows with trees if you’re willing to accept somewhat higher lighting and heating costs. Choose deciduous species to minimize shedding during the cold months.
Upgrade Your Windows
The majority of the sun’s heat enters your home through glass windows, so it’s wise to concentrate on them. Well-sealed units with multiple panes of low-emissivity glass would allow much less summer heat to reach your living quarters. They can also prevent warmth from escaping the house in cold weather. Look at heavily tinted windows if the sun beats particularly heavily.
Think about installing awnings above doors and windows. They stop direct sunlight from reaching window panes and they also let homeowners benefit from natural light at the same time. Movable awnings come in handy when temperatures drop; you can maximize the sun’s warmth by retracting them. They can also quite effectively reduce the risk of water damage as well.
Install Heavy Blinds
Any curtain or blind will decrease a sun-facing room’s temperature quite drastically if it’s thick enough. For the best results, choose a reflective or white material. Insulated curtains also cut cooling expenses to a greater degree. Don’t forget to open blinds and windows during the nighttime hours.
Take Note Of Indoor Heat Sources
The sun doesn’t produce all of the warmth in your home. Keep in mind that light bulbs, computers, TVs, refrigerators, printers and coffee makers can generate considerable amounts of heat. If possible, move these machines to other rooms or acquire more efficient appliances.
Consider Your Cooling Equipment
You might save electricity by installing or making better use of a programmable HVAC thermostat. Set it to increase the temperature during hours when you usually leave the house. Although a sun-facing room may need a few more minutes to cool down, there’s no reason to air-condition unoccupied areas for long periods of time.