Painting Your Home This Color Could Lower Your Bills.
New research suggests there’s a surprising way to save your hard-earned cash that you might not have considered. And all it takes is picking up a paintbrush. It indicates that using a specific type of white paint containing high levels of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) could help significantly lower your bills.
The new study reveals that surfaces painted with this type of white paint not only reflect 95.5 percent of sunlight, but can actually reduce surface temperatures by 35.06 degrees Fahrenheit. This is during daylight hours, as well as keep surfaces cooler at night.
“This is a significant amount of cooling power that can offset the majority of the air conditioning needs for typical buildings,” explained study author Xiulin Ruan, PhD, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, according to the BBC.
“Your air conditioning kicks on mainly due to sunlight heating up the roof and walls. This, making the inside of your house feel warmer. This paint is basically creating free air conditioning by reflecting that sunlight and offsetting those heat gains,” added study co-author Joseph Peoples, a mechanical engineering PhD student at Purdue, in a statement.
That’s far from the only way a little paint can impact your finances, though—read on to discover which paint colors in your home could earn you some serious money.
1 Paint your home’s exterior greige.
According to Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis, which studied 32,000 photos of homes that had sold, houses with exteriors painted greige. A color that combines gray and beige. It fetched $3,496 more when sold than comparable houses in tan or brown.
2 Paint your bathroom blue.
Looking for an easy home upgrade that can earn you serious cash? Zillow found that blue bathrooms—running the gamut from soft periwinkle to light pale blue—earned sellers $5,440 more than anticipated.
3 And paint your kitchen blue, too.
Trying to decide on the perfect color for your kitchen? Try a blue shade on for size. Zillow’s research found that homes with blue kitchens sold for $1,809 more than anticipated.
4 Paint your living room brown.
Instead of spending time and money wallpapering your living room, give it a coat of brown paint instead. According to Zillow, homes with light brown living rooms sold for $1,926 more than their anticipated sale price.