BEST WAYS TO KEEP HOT AIR OUT AND STAY COMFORTABLE?
Among the best ways to keep your building cooler, keeping hot air out entirely has to be at the top of the list. There are a few ways to do this, varying greatly in methodology, effectiveness, and affordability. Read on for tips in keeping your building cooler by keeping hot air out.
If you’ve ever worked with insulation, you know that it can be a challenge. It’s usually messy, it’s usually hot where you’re working, and it requires some removal of existing roofing, ceiling tiles, etc. However, while it’s a lot of work, improving the insulation in your building is a great way to keep hot air out and keep your building cooler. The results and savings you’ll see are directly related to the quality of insulation you choose, but unless it’s improperly installed you can know that insulation will keep hot air out of your building. This is a good option if you’re willing to go through the hassle that can be improving insulation.
As we’ve written about extensively, but it can’t be said enough, reflectivity on your roof is a great way to keep your building clean. You can save money, save time at insulation, and improve your roof performance all while keeping your roof and ceiling tiles in place. A silicone roof coating, for example, reflects up to 88% of UV rays from your roof surface. These rays would typically be absorbed by your roof material and converted into heat energy inside your building. A reflective coating can reduce rooftop temperatures by more than 60 degrees, a major improvement and a major asset for the cooling of your building. A reflective roof coating doesn’t prevent hot air from entering your building per se, but it prevents the air already inside your building from being heated up.
Another method that blocks UV rays before they get to the roof is blocking them altogether, with trees or plants on or near the roof. Many building owners who know they’ll be around for a while will plant trees near their building to help block UV rays from ever touching the roof. Others will plant “living roofs”, which consist of grasses, plants, bushes, and trees, each of which absorbs UV rays and converts them to energy inside the plant, not inside your building. Blocking the sunlight requires a very long-term outlook and a long-term location.
If you want to keep hot air out of your building, there are a few options at your disposal. They each have strengths and weaknesses, including disrupting your operations (insulation), not actually blocking air transfer (reflective coatings), and requiring a long time to initiate (planting trees). Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about keeping hot air out of your building.