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Smart tips for a cooler house

There is a smart way to reduce in-home temperatures with innovations that can be easily and efficiently applied to various types of residential property, from detached housing and townhouses to commercial row housing.

Each type of house faces a different challenge from heat and needs fine-tuned application of these systems to comfort the home and its occupants, Tra Chang knowledge-development specialist Thammatorn Kraikokit said recently.

Tra Chang is brand of construction raw material products that produces by SCG Group.

He shared home-improvement tips to defy the summer, using cooling systems that enable flexible application across various types of housing.

A detached house is normally a person's dream home, but it comes with so many design possibilities that it blinds many people from heat issues - because a stand-alone house can easily take in heat from all directions.

To solve the problem, home-owners should seek ways to prevent and draw out heat that would otherwise penetrate through the roof and walls, and also reduce heat that enfolds the house.

Light colours are, for example, recommended for the roofing tiles because they absorb less heat than dark ones.

To reflect heat away, Ultra-Cool heat-reflective insulation should be installed under the roof, and to prevent heat in the loft from entering the interior, lay Stay Cool heat-barrier insulation atop the ceiling of the upper floor, said Thammatorn.

A house-cooling effect can be enhanced with good ventilation in the loft by using ventilated ceiling board at the eaves. As for the walls, use the Cool Wall system at the sides that directly face the sun.

And by covering the exterior concrete floor with Cool Plus paving blocks, enfolding heat from all-day exposure to the sun can be reduced. Having some shading trees around the house similarly helps cool down exterior space, he explained.

Meanwhile, heat in townhouses is commonly addressed with the use of awnings, which is helpful to some degree. Since townhouses in the same block share the same roof, reducing heat that enters through the roof involves - in addition to blanketing Stay Cool insulation atop the ceiling - partitioning the loft of the house from that of next-door neighbours' by using insulation board.

For end townhouses, Smart WOOD lattice panel helps shade and cool down the exterior wall that is exposed to direct sunlight. This also doubles as a blind for a greater feeling of privacy, he said.

A problem shared in commercial row houses is excessive heat of spaces directly under the rooftop, because heat greatly accumulates in the concrete base of the rooftop from all-day exposure to the sun.

A good solution is to cover this concrete floor with Cool Plus paving blocks that store moisture and, when exposed to the sun, gradually release the moisture to cool down the rooftop. The result is perceivably lower temperatures under the rooftop.

For the next level of prevention, add an interior ceiling to under-rooftop spaces and blanket Stay Cool insulation atop this ceiling.

If the row house faces westwards, it will most likely take in sunlight. Simply install Smart WOOD lattice panel to solve the problem: it shades the house, gives added aesthetics to the exterior and offers more privacy to the occupants.

With these simple home-improvement steps, summer heat in any house can be reduced, be it a detached house, townhouse or commercial row house - old and new alike.

Not only will your home sweet home become more comfortable to live in, your electricity bills can also be cut, giving you long-term savings from your smart investment, said Thammatorn.


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