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.
How Dark Paint Colors Make A Room Warmer
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.
What To Do To Cut Down Energy Costs In A Dark 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.
Although our thermostats are a very important part of our HVAC system, they can certainly be an eye sore in our home. Here we review creative ways to hide or disguise your thermostat that will not affect the ability of the thermostat to do its job. Because the thermostat needs to be able to accurately read the temperature in the room in order to properly regulate the temperature in the home, simply covering the thermostat is not considered a good solution.
There are many different options available to disguise your thermostat and hide it in plain sight. The most important key here is making sure that whichever method you choose is still going to leave enough space around your thermostat for the air flow to reach the thermostat properly, so the thermostat will still be able to perform its job.
Use a gallery photo wall to disguise your thermostat
This method could involve using pictures, frames, and décor in a couple different ways. Some people choose to simply add a picture frame around their thermostat to give it a little more character. Others decide to take it a step further by adding other framed pictures, mirrors, and décor around the framed or unframed thermostat to build a gallery wall around it. The gallery wall will help pull the attention toward the décor you want to showcase and away from the unsightly thermostat on the wall.
Hang a shelf and blend your thermostat in with other items on the shelf
Another great option is to place a shelf directly below your thermostat, leaving the appearance that the thermostat is sitting on the shelf. You can choose to leave the thermostat exposed completely on the shelf or cover it slightly by leaning a framed photo or mirror against it. You can also add other decorative items to the shelf such as books, plants, candles, and photos to draw attention away from the thermostat.
Hang a canvas or poster over your thermostat
This option is the one in which you will be able to completely hide your thermostat all together, however it does take a little more work to ensure that the airflow around the thermostat is not obstructed. If you choose to hang a canvas or poster over your thermostat you will want to attach it to something like a wood block or curtain wire with hooks that will allow the canvas or poster to hang off of the wall, so air can still flow easily behind the canvas or poster and reach the thermostat.
Purchasing A New, More Attractive Thermostat
If you’re willing to spend the money to replace your thermostat then it is possible to simply buy a newer one that is designed to be more attractive. Newer thermostats come with many more high-tech features built in to them such as WiFi and touchscreens, and they are typically designed to be more visually attractive than older designs were.
No matter which option you choose to use, these ideas are all a great starting point for you to get creative and find the way to best blend your thermostat into your home’s regular décor and take it from an unsightly appliance on the wall to a beautiful piece of art in your home!