Even 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.
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