The Home’s Exterior Colour and its Role in Energy-Efficiency

Beige-painted homeApart from making your home a standout with its unique aesthetics, you can also reduce your electricity bills by choosing the right paint to use on the exterior. A study reports that a light-coloured coating is like a white shirt for the house, reflecting light energy that helps in cutting cooling costs.

Here are a few pointers in choosing an energy-efficient colour for your exterior.

On the Wall

Light colours, such as white, beige or other light-coloured neutrals are ideal for home in an area with mostly warm climate. They are also good at complementing many different accent colours, they make the house look big and provide a fresh look on the home.

In addition, apart from being cheap, these colours reflect the sun’s rays, absorbing less heat resulting to a lower energy consumption.

On the other hand, dark colours like red and brown are proven to absorb up to 90% of the sun’s heat. As they are good at maintaining heat, they are ideal in cool areas and heat-inducing industries.

On the Roof

After having the master painters do your wall paintwork, proceed with the roof’s colours to complement its temperature. The study also said that a white or silver metal roof is 40 degrees cooler than a black asphalt roof. About a third of the heat goes through the roof so it is advisable to choose light to medium colours as they absorb less heat than dark colours.

Also, the roof’s colour reduces the amount of insulation it needs to cool the house, thus, a lesser need for air-conditioning.

On the Accent

To balance energy efficiency with physical appeal use stronger shades for window frames, gutters, shutters or pipes to complement the light exterior. For a dark exterior, use light-coloured neutrals or you can check the colour wheel for better pairing.

Know the climate in your area to determine the right colour for your home. There are only two things to remember to have an energy-efficient exterior: dark colours for cold climate and light colours for warmer climate.