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Energy Saving Tips for the Winter with the Right Paint Color  

It gets cold during the winter in Canton, and the paint colors you choose could help save on your energy bill. Here are some energy saving tips that a new coat of paint could enable. Painters in Canton, GA would be more than happy to implement these tips with the right paint color.

Choose the Right Color for House Painting

Let’s start by looking at T-shirts. Have you ever noticed how a white T-shirt makes you feel cooler, while a black T-shirt can make you feel hot? This is because of the simple fact that white reflects heat, while black absorbs it. It’s the same way with paint. Darker paint colors absorb heat from sunlight, while lighter colors reflect it. This is an important thing to consider when you choose a paint color.

Darker Versus Lighter Color House Painting

A darker color will do a better job of heating up your home in the winter, because it absorbs more sunlight. This can become a problem, because the heat that it absorbs in the winter is a good thing, but it will continue to absorb heat in the summer, and then work against your energy bill. On top of that, you will also end up with poor lighting in a room with a darker color, meaning you will have to compensate with more light sources. This leads to more energy consumption.

A lighter color reflects more light, so it will work a bit better year-round by brightening up a room. Light paint colors also accentuate natural lighting, making the room seem bigger and brighter while reducing the need for energy-consuming artificial lighting.

Gloss paint can be considered for even more light reflectivity, but too much gloss might create more of a mirror effect. Be careful, this may tire your eyes out, much like a day in the bright sun with no sunglasses.

How Light Affects House Painting Colors

LRV (Light Reflective Value) is a gauge of reflectivity of paint. Most paint manufacturers will tell you what the LRV is for any color on their paint chips. LRV for white and black are very different. White reflects 80% of the light, while black only reflects 5%. Keeping this in mind will help you plan for interior painting projects for rooms that receive a lot of light through the windows.

How Temperature Affects House Painting Color Temperature

Colors will play tricks on your mind. Studies show that cool colors like blue or green make a room to feel 6-10 degrees cooler than it actually is. Steer away from these colors if you want a room to feel cozy. Stick to colors like reds or oranges that have a warm tone, and the temperature feel of the room will shift 6-10 degrees, feeling warmer than it actually is. You may be able to keep your house a little cooler during the winter if it feels warmer, saving you money.

Do you want your painting project completed beautifully and on time? J Stevens knows how to effectively tackle both large and small jobs. The end result is a new paint job for your house with minimal disruption. Contact J Stevens Painting today.Page Break

 

 

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