People often talk about the several improvements they can make to their heating, ventilation plus a/c to extend its lifespan. Sure, you can use a smart thermostat to schedule running cycles, adjust the temperature on the thermostat up a few degrees during Summer or down during winter, plus so on. You could even invest in multiple thermostats equipped with zone control technology, so you can leave unoccupied rooms untreated by the Heating plus Air Conditioning system. However, what about the actions you can take outside of directly changing your system? Planting trees is a single possible route of action, since the shade produced by the tree will cause less sunshine to hit (and warm) the wall of the loft where the sunshine is shining. Another solution comes from the color scheme of the exterior of the home, as pastel or lighter colors can help deflect sunlight. I think that’s absolutely the case, because I used to live in a loft that was mostly dark red brick on the outside. Given the dark color plus material itself, the bricks absorbed all of the sunshine plus turned the loft into an oversized pizza oven. One other change that can be made for long-term benefit is to redo the roof shingles, however use light-colored shingles instead of black or dark brown. Like the paint choice, light colored shingles will deflect light more effectively. All of these chances are worth considering when pursuing a beach loft improvement project, as they all impact the loft plus how well it deflects Summer heat for years to come!