Improving AC Performance By Eliminating Heat Gain

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If you feel like you are paying too much to cool your home, you probably are. One of the best ways to keep your home cool is to prevent it from heating up in the first place. An AC unit will only cool your home down once it has already begun to heat up. If you want to keep your home comfortable and not dedicate a disproportionate amount of your budget to doing so, you need to take steps to prevent your home from heating up in the first place. 

Install a Metal Roof

Some roofs will absorb the sun's heat. For example, an asphalt-shingle roof will absorb some heat from the sun and then release that heat into your home. The more heat that your roof absorbs, the more it will heat up your home. On a hot, sunny day, asphalt shingles can heat up to 150˚ easily. While the insulation in your attic will help to keep most of this heat out, it won't stop all of it. A metal roof will reflect a lot of heat away from home, and thus help you to reduce your cooling costs by up to 25%.

Apply Window Film 

While your roof allows a lot of heat into your home, it is not the only part of your home that can cause problems for you. Some of the heat that your roof absorbs is stopped by the insulation in your ceiling. In contrast, UV rays can pass right through your windows and then heat up the interior surfaces of your home. If you want to keep your home cool, you have to do something to keep the UV rays out. If you want to allow exterior light into your home and preserve the view from your windows, you should install energy-efficient window film. Such film can reduce your cooling costs by up to 23%

One of the best ways to keep your home cool is to try passive cooling strategies. Such strategies represent a one-time cost—the price of a new roof or some window film—but will help to keep your home cool for the long run. A roof that shields your home from the sun's assault combined with low-e film will help to keep your home cooler than it otherwise would be. The cooler your home is, the less your air conditioning unit has to work to cool it back down, and the less you pay in energy costs. 

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