Providing a Cool Space in a Warm Climate
The first things that pop into your mind when you think of summer are beach days, vacation and warm evenings. It is easy to ignore the fact that days can be uncomfortably warm. For most people, the AC seems like the only solution to maintaining a comfortable internal environment during cold and hot days. Though to some extent an AC offers an easy and fast solution to a hot summer day, it will hike your electricity bills. In some instances, the AC is not even available. You can change a few interior design aspects of your home to keep it cool in hot summers as expounded below.
Insulating and High LRV Paints
LRV (Light Reflectance Value) describes the reflective property of paints. This factor is important when choosing paint products for your interior and exterior walls. In summer, you will need enough lighting in your house without the excess heat that will be dissipated by the sun. Just the same way you would wear a light colored fabric to keep cool in summer, paints with high LRV reflect light rather than absorb the solar energy. LRV values run from 5 to 95; high values mean more reflective power.
There are some paints marketed as having a high insulating capacity. Though these paints are still new, when used, they can reduce heat by up to 20 percent. They should be used to enhance other home insulating products rather than replace them. The good thing with insulating paints is that you have a variety of colors to choose from thereby enhancing your interior décor in the process.
Change your Flooring
Furnishings and fixtures in your house contribute to the house’s microenvironment. The indoor atmosphere in summer and winter will vary based on the carpeting. Though most carpets are marketed as keeping the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer, synthetic carpets will make your house warmer in summer adding to your troubles.
To cool your house, without having to worry about what will happen during winter, use hardwood, laminate or wall-to-wall tiles. If you prefer rugs, only buy those made of natural materials such as wool, cotton, grasses or bamboo. Wool is important in humid areas as it can absorb up to 30 percent its weight in moisture and not feel damp.
Incandescent lights are fading away with each day. However, not all modern lighting will offer you the cooling effect you may need. However, you should note that comparatively, LEDs are cooler than CFLs. Even better, you can use Energy Star lights, which are highly energy efficient and cooler than all other lights. Rid your house of any incandescent lights or those with low energy efficiency and bring in Energy Star lights. This does not have to affect your interior décor.
Covering windows is one way of insulating your home and reducing the amount of heat energy that reaches your home. You can use blinds or decorative drapes. When installed right, blinds are an aspect of beauty in your home while drapes will not only protect your furniture from harmful ultraviolet rays but also keep the interior environment cool. Choose insulated curtains or drapes with high thread count and thick weave.
Other Techniques to Reduce Heat
Other methods you can apply to keep cool in hot climate include use of ceiling fans, painting the roof light and ensuring your house has enough ventilation without letting in sun rays.