With the heat of the summer, you are probably finding that keeping cool is nothing short of hard work. Staying cool requires staying hydrated and staying in water. Unfortunately, a summer full of pool time fun is not always an option. Two places that need to be kept cool in your home, during the summer, are the attic and garage. If you can keep these two locations cool, your home will become a more welcoming place to be.
With a hot summer day, you can blast the cool air of your air conditioning and get a little relief, but your AC is working very hard. Because the solar radiation has been heating up your home, through windows, walls, and the roof, the air conditioner is fighting the sun, and that’s one tough battle. Your attic can reach over 140 degrees because of all the heat radiating your roof. That heat doesn’t just stay in your attic, though. It works through the insulation, through the air conditioning ductwork in the attic, and into your cooling system. Battle the sun and the attic heat, your air conditioner has no fighting chance. To help cool your attic, you can install solar screens for shade. These go on the windows, porch, and plant trees.
Make sure your attic is ventilated with ridge and soffit vents, which allow s the passage of air through them. Also, insulate your attic to R-30, a 10 inch thick layer of insulations that goes above your ceiling. And finally, install a radiant barrier between your roof and your attic insulation. This is an aluminum foil material that prevents 95 percent of radiating heat from your roof from reaching the insulation on your attic floor.
To keep you garage cooler in the summer, there are several steps you can take, which together will reduce the temperature of your garage.
The first step is reducing direct sunlight from hitting your garage. To compete this task, plant trees along the southern half of the structure. When the trees are large enough, meaning this process will take some time, a shadow will cover your garage for a lot of the daytime.
The next step is insulation. Because your garage absorbs so much heat, you need to insulate your space. If you can find the drafty areas, seal them. Also, replace and bulk up on your insulation if you find that it isn’t making your garage cooler on its own. Find the thermal conductors, like metal, and cover them with insulated materials like plywood, particleboard, plastic, and rubber.
The third step is to fan out your garage. Because heat rises, you should have at least one exhaust fan mounted on the roof in an attempt to shunt the hot air out of the garage.
And finally, in a last ditch effort, a desperate attempt at a cooler garage, you can install an air conditioner in the garage. Though it can get expensive, if you want some seriously cooler air in the garage, it will get the job done.
A cooler garage and a cooler attic equal a cooler home and happier home.