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 regarding color choice! This is the time to consider how your chosen colors will impact energy costs.
How Dark Paint Colors Make A Room Warmer
If you paint a room with no windows a dark color, it may cost you no more in terms of your cooling costs. However, dark colors tend to make a room feel smaller, so they are rarely chosen for rooms that don’t have at least a few windows. 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 room’s overall temperature warmer and requiring your HVAC system to work harder to cool that room properly.
What To Do To Cut Down Energy Costs In A Dark Room
If you have a room in your home that you want to paint with dark colors, there are a couple of things you can consider to help cut down on energy costs to cool that room. Consider painting only one accent wall in the room with a darker color, then the remaining walls with a light color. If you paint all the walls the same dark color, 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.
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