In the scorching hot middle of summer, you start looking for all kinds of ways to stay cool without turning down the air conditioner and paying a sky-high energy bill. Would you believe that something as straightforward as changing the exterior color of your home could make a significant difference in your comfort level during the warmer months of the year? Let’s dig into the science and find out why.
Why Color Matters
When you’re looking at painting your home exterior, you’re thinking about how much you love that color, perhaps how it will complement your neighbor’s brownstone and, of course, any number of purely cosmetic concerns. However, color plays both a psychological and physical part in our world. If there was a way to reduce overall energy consumption and make your home just a little more eco-friendly simply by selecting a different exterior paint color, would you do it? Many of us would. The science follows the same concept as how hot you feel on a summer day when you’re wearing a dark or black shirt versus a white or light-colored shirt. Lighter colors tend to reflect heat rays while darker colors are more likely to absorb them. Energy that is absorbed by your home’s exterior is then transferred to the interior, causing it to heat up.
Material Plays a Part
The color of your home’s exterior is certainly not the only factor. Homes and buildings made of heavier materials such as brick or stone are more likely to block rays and keep the interior cooler during those hot summer months. Lightweight materials tend to cause more of a change in your home’s temperatures, while heavy wall coverings insulate you well in both winter and summer months. Natural materials such as Adobe (used a great deal in the southwest) are perhaps the most efficient at blocking heat energy in the summer and retaining warmth in the cool winter months.
Will Painting Save Me Money?
While installing items that shade your home such as awnings, or planting trees will also help keep your energy costs down, painting your home a light color can definitely make a difference. Studies show that white paint gains up to 35 percent less heat than darker colored walls, which could add up to a pretty significant savings throughout the year.
Ready to learn more about the energy-efficient options available for updating your home’s exterior paint? Our team is well-versed on how to help you save money by making a change to your exterior paint scheme. Contact us today at The Painting Company for a free in-home quote or learn more about when is the best time to paint the exterior of your home on our recent blog post.