How Interior Paint Colors Affect Your Energy Savings
In the mood to Paint It Black! When you were a teenager and wanted to paint your room black to match your wardrobe or a garish green to match the new album cover you got for Christmas, the idea probably didn’t sit well with your parents. Now you’re a homeowner and anything goes when it comes to color choice! This is the time to consider how the colors you choose will impact your energy costs.
If you paint a room that has no windows a dark color, then it is very possible it will cost you no more in terms of your cooling costs. However, dark colors do tend to make a room feel smaller, so they are rarely chosen for rooms that don’t have at least a few windows in them. When you paint a room with one or two windows a dark color, the light from the sun will absorb into the room more than it would with a lighter color, making the overall temperature of the room warmer and requiring your HVAC system to work harder to properly cool that room.
If you do have a room in your home that you want to paint with dark colors, there are a couple things you can consider doing to help cut down on energy costs to cool that room. Consider painting only one accent wall in the room with the darker color, then the remaining walls in the room with a light color. If you do decide to paint all the walls the same dark color, make sure you cover all the windows in the room with heavy curtains that will reflect the light from the sun back out of the room. While this will make the room feel smaller and more closed in, it will also help cut back on the cost of cooling the room. Regular maintenance will help as well.
If you are concerned about your energy bills, call an EasyBreezy AC professional technician today for an in-home assessment of the efficiency of your current system.