Beating The Summer Heat: 4 Things Every Homeowner Should Know
Updated: Sep 27, 2019
Did you know that your roofing system can have a huge impact on the temperature inside your home?
It’s true! The shingle color, roofing ventilation and attic insulation can all affect the temperature inside your home and how cool you stay this summer. We have put together 4 tips on keeping your home cool through the hot days and sweltering nights of Summer.
1- Choose The Right Shingle Color
The color of your roof can affect the temperature in your attic by as much as 40 degrees. Lighter colored shingles are more reflective and hold less heat than darker colors which can trap heat and potentially cause your attic temperature to climb.
Keep in mind that there are other more significant factors that influence your home’s interior temperature so you shouldn’t shy away from a darker roof color if that’s what your prefer. In fact, darker shingles can be ideal in a colder winter climate like Idaho because they absorbed sunlight and can melt off the snow before it gets too heavy.
2- Install Proper Ventilation.
Your attic is THE biggest factor in keeping your home cool in the summer months. The temperatures up there can reach as high as 150˚F during the height of summer if it is not properly ventilated and maintained. A proper attic ventilation system consists of an air intake at your roof’s eaves, soffits, or fascias, and an exhaust at or near your roof ridge. This will allow cool, fresh air to enter into the attic and hot, moist air to escape. Ventilated attics are about 30˚F cooler than un-ventilated attics which is huge when you are trying to keep cool.
3- Proper Attic Insulation
Insulation, weatherstripping and caulking will help keep any excess heat that does happen to build up in your attic from entering your living space. Not only will this help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter but can extend the service life of your air conditioners and furnaces.
A shaded house and yard can lower the temperature inside your home by as much as 20°F. Installing exterior and interior shades, trees and other types of landscaping are excellent ways to protect your home from direct sunlight.
We recommend shade trees, not only will they help keep you cool, but they add beauty and character to your home. Some popular shade tree options in southern Idaho include the Weeping Willow, Red Oak, and Black Cottonwood. An added bonus is that shade trees can also provide a windbreak in the cold winter months and help reduce heating costs.
So remember, the most effective way to cool your home is to keep the heat from building up in the first place. Our experienced roofing professionals at Eagle Eye Roofing can reduce the temperature variations (no matter your roofing style preference) with our quality construction and materials. Oh, and don’t forget to plant a tree.