If you are in doubt about constructing a metal residential building for your home thinking how uncomfortable it can be during the summer months, then you need to upgrade your knowledge about how to keep metal homes cool in summer. Metal buildings constructed from Metro Steel Posts can become uncomfortable during summer, but it is also true that there are ways to and make the indoor environment cool and comfortable. You can do your bit to minimise the effects by focusing on colours and material selection as well as accessories and landscaping.

The process of incorporating certain elements into the building for keeping it cool begins from the design phase, and there are things to do even afterwards. While cool temperatures inside the home add to the comfort of the occupants, lower interior temperature would put less load on the cooling utilities and bring down peak season expenditures arising from high energy bills. The interior air quality also improves with lower temperature and creates a healthy living environment.

How you can keep your metal building cool in summer will become clear on going through the tips mentioned below.

Upgrade the insulation

Old buildings face the problem of heating most because the insulation deteriorates and becomes outdated which needs an upgrade. It is not enough to have any kind of insulation but the ones that comply with the energy efficiency codes of the area. Whether you are replacing old insulation or installing a new one, it must conform to the specified R-value of your location. Proper insulation prevents outside heat from entering the home during summer months and in winter helps to retain the warm interiors by preventing transferring heat to the outside. Especially, pay attention to the attic insulation because the maximum heat transfer occurs at that place.


Install a cool metal roof

Move away from traditional roofing materials that can become very hot in summer and install a cool roof. Even the best insulation in the attic and walls might not be enough to cool down traditional roofs that can be as hot as 190oF on peak summer days. The heat reduction attained with good insulation is just not enough to protect the cooling equipment from overworking that translates into inflated energy bills and burn holes in your pocket. Instead, installing a cool roof will prevent overheating and allow the insulation to contain the heat transfer thereby reducing the load on cooling equipment and bringing down energy bills.


Focus on ventilation

Using natural ventilation at night helps to lower the indoor temperature that you can retain during the day by keeping the windows closed at daytime. A thermostat helps to control the cycling of the cooling equipment at night, and during the day since the indoor temperature is low, the load on the cooling system is less.

Planting trees and shrubs around the building especially on the western and southern sides will cool the home surfaces considerably. Planting deciduous trees that shed leaves in winter will keep the house warm in winter as the sunrays can reach the house easily.