Today, many homeowners have energy efficiency and saving on the brain. There are many different aspects of energy savings that are being more closely looked at, including exterior paint. Most homeowners might think of exterior paint as just a means of improving their home’s beauty and protecting the outer structure. However, exterior paint serves a much larger purpose than just aesthetics, it can also greatly impact the energy efficiency of your home. Jeff the Painter would like to share the role that exterior painting plays for better energy efficiency.
Is there Energy Efficient Paint?
Believe it or not, the right choice of exterior paint can make a huge difference in your home’s energy efficiency. This is primarily because of a concept known as ‘cool roofs’ or ‘cool walls,’ which are specifically designed to absorb less heat and reflect more sunlight than standard roofs or walls. These specially engineered paints use reflective pigments that can decrease your home’s interior temperature, which reduces the need for more air conditioning and resulting in much better energy savings.
What are the Most Energy-Efficient Exterior Colors?
When selecting an exterior paint color, the general rule of thumb for energy efficiency is that lighter colors reflect heat while darker ones absorb it. Therefore, if you live in a hot, sunny climate, choosing a lighter exterior paint color can help keep your house cooler by reflecting the sun’s heat away. For those in a colder climate, a darker exterior color can help absorb the sun’s rays and keep your home warmer, reducing your need for heating.
Exterior Paint Technology
There are now paints on the market called ‘insulative’ or ‘insulating’ paints. These are designed with specific additives such as ceramic or glass microspheres that provides an additional level of insulation. While these paints do have some level of insulating elements, they will not replace traditional insulation methods. However, these paints do help add to a more and better energy efficient home. Every little step we take in improving energy adds up in the long run.
Environmental Impact of Energy Efficient Paint
By improving the energy efficiency of your home with the right type of exterior paint, you are also reducing your environmental impact. Energy production is one of the leading contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. By reducing the work load on the HVAC system, we can reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier environment.
Interior & Exterior House Painting & More in San Marcos, Temecula, Vista, Oceanside, Encinitas, Carlsbad & Escondido, California
Energy efficiency is a serious factor to consider when choosing exterior paint. But it’s also essential to remember that other factors like durability, the architectural style of our home, and local homeowners’ association regulations should also be considered. By choosing wisely, you can create a balance between aesthetics and energy efficiency. The right exterior paint can transform your home into a more comfortable, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly haven. When you need to have the outside of your home repainted, why not consider improving your energy efficiency at the same time. When you need help repainting the outside of your home, contact Jeff the Painter today.