Cool Exterior Colors and Home Cooling Costs

Cool Exterior ColorsEven a cold-weather state can have its share of sweltering Summer days.  The air conditioner must work overtime sometimes during the Dog Days of Summer and the energy bills border on astronomical.  If you want to give your A/C and your wallet a break, it seems the only way to cool off is to jump into a pool, or go to a movie theatre or spend the day at the mall.

Passive cooling

Most people are aware that there are ways to keep the house cooler in the Summer besides just running the air conditioning continually.  The use of blinds on the inside windows helps keep the hot sun from infiltrating the inside of the house through the window panes.  Outside shutters may be closed and even planting large shade trees will help.  The use of light-colored roofing materials instead of dark-colored, or abandoning asphalt shingles in favor of light-colored natural stone, will quickly stop the roof from drawing the heat like a magnet to your rooftop and is beneficial to keeping your house several degrees cooler as well.  After all, you shuck off all your dark-colored duds and reach for those white and tropical colors during the warm-weather days, so your house should follow the same principle.  All the methods for thwarting the heat mentioned above are examples of passive cooling. Continue reading

Green Home Remodeling

This guest post was written by David Lionetti.

David Lionetti is the owner of Shoreline Pools and is an expert on remodeling the exterior of any home.  Shoreline Pools is a pool design and construction company in Greenwhich Ct.

Remodeling the exterior of your home … it’s both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. You’ve planned this for years, and now you’re finally ready to do it. You have some ideas about how you want the exterior of your house to look, and you’re ready to forge ahead … but you want to keep the costs down as much as possible, too. That’s where green home remodeling comes in. Believe it or not, there are quite a few actions you can take that will save both money and natural resources. And the maintenance required with green remodeling often pales in comparison to the upkeep of an ungreen house. Here are some tips and benefits to incorporating green into your next exterior home remodeling project.Green Home Remodeling

Paint

One of the simplest and most profitable ways to incorporate green into your home exterior remodeling design is with paint. And, as far as ‘green’ paint goes, healthy is the key word. It’s true, green paints are just plain healthier. They aren’t just better for the environment of the world … they’re better for your environment. Green paints don’t contain the toxic chemicals that so often adversely affect health. In fact, if you have children or pets, green is the only way to go. Not only do toxic paints contribute to indoor and outdoor pollution that, if breathed in, can cause health problems; they also get into the ground water, causing contamination to your drinking water supply. For instance, did you know that non-green paints often contain formaldehyde? Wait a minute … isn’t that what morticians use? Yes! And you certainly don’t want formaldehyde in your drinking water. If you use a ‘green’ paint for your exterior design project, you won’t have to worry about the toxic side effects of formaldehyde, or any of the other chemicals found in regular paints. Continue reading