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Urban Heat Island Effect Decoded: Why You Need a Heat Reflective Paint

on August 7, 2014

As the name suggests, the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect takes place in urban or metropolitan areas. It is caused by human activities, and makes the affected areas significantly warmer than their rural counterparts. Land surface modification and waste heat generation are among the top contributors, followed by geometric effects. In fact, areas that have relatively tall buildings may experience what is commonly referred to as the urban canyon effect. Furthermore, if the buildings are tall, they are also likely to block wind, and as a result, the temperature may further increase, primarily because of the lack of dissipation of pollution.

That being said, if the temperature does increase, you can always use a heat reflective paint, one that can improve your building’s insulation. After all, if paint can reflect up to 80% of solar radiation, why not use it, especially if you live in any of the areas that experience the urban heat island effect? And, if the paint is eco-friendly and doesn’t cost you much, it makes perfect sense to go for it rather than spending some sleepless nights. Yes, the UHI effect can also be reduced by increasing the tree and vegetative cover, but that’s more like a community effort. Till then, a good quality heat reflective paint should suffice. Cool down your roof with ASTEC Paint’s heat reflective paint today!


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