How to Prepare Your Home for Extreme Heat in Dallas

by Lee Wallender

How to keep your Dallas house cool and comfortable while saving money during the hottest days of summer

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人谁住在达拉斯知道其传奇的热量。 3月和70年代四月的公平天都不错,但他们从来没有继续下去。平均最高温度在达拉斯在七月和八月击中高达96华氏度。你的空调是 largest contributor to your energy bill in the summer. While your own house will rely on that on the hottest days, Sweeten presents plenty of other ways to keep your house cool and supplement the A/C.

All of these changes will help you prepare your home from Dallas’ extreme heat. Sweeten matches home renovation projects with vetted general contractors, offering advice, support, and financial protection—at no cost to the homeowner.

Install a whole-house fan to keep cool

One way to assist your air-conditioner or even replace its operation on less intense days is with a whole-house fan.

在你的房子,阁楼下方的下部区域被人为地调节到设定温度,往往在低70年代F。随着时间的进展,你无条件的阁楼上积聚热量。在一天结束的时候,它是在最热。

Even though your attic may be insulated, a tremendous amount of heat has built up. The lower areas’ air-conditioning is working overtime to fight against it.

整体内部风扇通过打开的窗口吸入空气,并推动它通过屋顶。阁楼是完全通风,以及。许多全屋球迷们的房子的容积高达六倍的空气交换率。

Speak with your contractor about the possibility of modifying the existing ducts of your HVAC system to provide whole-house cooling.

Paint your home with lighter colors

Most of us learned in school that lighter colors absorb less heat than do dark colors. To a limited degree, the same idea applies to your home.

美国。能源部已经发现,深色的家园吸收多达70至从太阳照射到的房子的辐射能量的90%的。在房屋的外侧热可以转移到内部,从而导致热增益。

这是不是意味着你应该画你的房子白色的?如果你想,你应该这样做。但是任何类型的浅色涂料或壁板颜色会大大降低热量吸收。这些面霜和象牙,光晒黑,米色,蓝色和粉彩如桃子,薰衣草和绿色。 

Choose cooler roofing materials

Roofs bear the brunt of the Dallas sun. Selecting the right type of roof can reduce heat. Up to one-third of the heat that builds up in a house comes through the roof.

一个常见的误解是选择浅色的屋顶会做的伎俩。并非如此:一个研究由美国能源部发现,即使白色复合屋顶板吸收的太阳辐射的70%的。本质上,屋顶炸出是有这么多的太阳辐射,这种颜色的单独选择将无助。

一个低成本的解决方案是具有涂层施加到所述带状疱疹。含有玻璃纤维和铝颗粒,该涂层抵挡辐射能的程度的较浅色木瓦不能。

More effective, though, is to choose a type of roof material that is less thermally reactive. Terra cotta and ceramic tiles, concrete tiles, and slab concrete are good choices.

Even metal roofs are good choices due to their built-in dead-air space. This space acts as a thermal barrier to block heat transference to the house below.

Choose a siding that beats the heat

更好的绝缘你的家是对热,冷却器,将在里面。而在墙和天花板保温是重要的,也将壁板准备您的家达拉斯的极端高温。

乙烯基壁板通常会使壁板和房子之间的空间。绝缘乙烯基壁板填充与硬质泡沫塑料绝缘中空空间。此绝缘永久地附接到所述壁板的背面。所有绝缘乙烯基壁板产品必须具有2.0或更大的r值。 R-value is a unit of measurement for thermal resistance. Higher R-value numbers mean greater insulating efficiency.

Masonry siding products such as brick and veneer stone help protect your home from the heat. Fiber-cement siding contains a great quantity of mineral materials, too. 

Add continuous exterior insulation

You cannot have enough insulation when battling the heat. While walls have been insulated internally for decades, a newer form of insulation adds even more of that much-needed R-value.

通过本身,连续绝缘落在中档的r值8.5被认为是典型的2英寸厚的连续绝缘条款。通过比较,标准的两英寸厚四英寸壁系统通常接收R-13绝缘。

但真正的优势在于它的名字:连续。连续绝缘西弗斯那些画的热空气进入家庭热桥。墙柱或从外部延伸到内部通过壁可以作为热桥作用的任何材料。

只需要一个视图通过热成像相机,而在热天站在外面。连续绝缘之前,指示器蓝色肋指示螺柱热桥。经过不断的外墙外保温,那些蓝线消失,你的冷空气停留你的房子里。

Buy the best windows for Dallas’ heat

这是完全的隔热墙壁系统总是准备您的家达拉斯的极热的最佳途径。但没有人愿意居住的房子没有窗户。相反,购买该壁口最好的窗口:

  • Double-paned windows are standard, no matter where you live. For maximum heat protection, choose triple-paned windows.
  • Look for windows filled with Argon gas.
  • 选择低e(低发射率)玻璃被认为是在炎热的气候必须的。低e是一个涂层,该涂层对许多来自太阳的紫外线和红外线光块。通过控制这两种类型的光,你控制热量的通道进了屋。
  • 让您的数字直。炎热的气候,保持对窗口的标签列出了三个数字的眼睛:U-因素,SHGC(太阳能热增益系数)和VT(可见光透射率)。你会希望有一个低的U系数值,低SHGC号,和高VT数。

Install and maintain roof vents

A whole-house fan pulls hot air from the entire house, including the attic, and expels it. Roof vents expel only air from the attic.

通风阁楼可以是高达30华氏度冷却器比不通风的阁楼。有很好的机会你的家已经通风,大多数较新的家庭的。问题是,这些通风口是否足以满足您的需求。

房主,计算所需的屋顶通风口的数目和尺寸可以是困难的。因素,例如一个蒸汽屏障的存在下,屋顶坡度,屋顶,绝缘的类型,并且更开始发挥作用。一个合格的职业,如屋面正规澳门赌场平台可以计算,并与安装屋顶通风口帮助。

如果你家有一个拱形或大教堂风格天花板或平屋顶,你不会有任何阁楼。这些类型的屋顶,通风工作方式不同:开放气室屋顶本身。 

More ways to keep your house cool in extreme heat

  • Install exterior awnings over windows that receive the brunt of the sun during the hottest part of the day
  • Install ceiling fans in each room. Note that ceiling fans rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise. During the summer, you will want the ceiling fan to turn counter-clockwise.
  • Have your yard landscaped to add trees and shrubbery on the sunny side of your house
  • Add thick thermal draperies to your windows

有很多方法让你的房子凉在极热,从变化的房子壁板和窗户和阁楼。无论是升级你的整个房子或增加一些支撑冷却元件,采取行动将持续下去你的暑假舒适几年来。

A good place to start your remodel is by setting a realistic budget. Our home renovation cost guide for Dallas can help you.

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