Cool House: Affordable Ways to Regulate Your Home’s Temperature

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Fluctuating temperatures inside your home can be uncomfortable. Whether it’s too hot or too cold, you’re also likely to spend more on your energy bills without managing temperatures. But what can you do?

Here is a list of the features and rooms in your home that you can upgrade or improve to better control indoor temperature.

The Windows

Modifying your windows in different ways can cool your house. The simplest one is to install wool curtains. Wool is a great insulator, and pulling them together can help keep some of the heat out. If curtains are not to your liking, try tints. Tinting your home’s windows functions in a similar way as the window tints for your car.

Tinted windows for your home reduce 85 percent of the sun’s heat, 95 percent of the glare, and about 99 percent of UV rays. The beauty of window tints is that your home will still have natural light without the negative effects of too much sun exposure.

But the windows are not the only features in your home that help you manage indoor temperature.

The Attic

Another place to change in your house for better heat management is your attic. It’s where hot air often congregates in your house. In the summer, this heats up your house as the heat transfers into your living space. This is why you need to insulate your attic. With insulation, the transfer does not happen. Proper insulation in the attic helps reduce your cooling costs by 50 percent.

If you don’t have an attic, look to your doors for controlling indoor temperature.

The Doors

Even if it is not open, the heat still seeps in. This is why you need to seal your door frames properly. This stops the cold air from escaping from inside your house and stops the heat from invading your living space.

Once you've checked your doors, examine your roof.

The Roof

The problem with your roof is that the sun beats down on it the entire day. This heats up your roof, and this heat transfers to the rooms below. If you can afford it, changing to a metal roof is a good option. Metal reflects the sun’s rays and doesn’t soak up the heat as much. You can even paint it with a heat-reflective coating that can help your cooling efforts. A cool roof stays 50°F cooler, allowing you to save money on cooling costs.

Another room where heat collects is your kitchen.

Sunny patio

The Kitchen

When you cook, it heats up the air in your kitchen. It makes the room uncomfortable and sweaty. Your main options to reduce the heat are to cook outside or to add better ventilation. Cooking outside with a grill ensures that the heat stays outside. On the other hand, ventilation takes the hot air out of the room.

Cool Indoors

Staying indoors is often the best solution for keeping out of the glaring heat. But the heat can still enter your home. The tips above can be a big help in regulating your home’s temperature. With their help, you won’t end up sweating too much or spending too much on air conditioning.

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