Here are some tips from the Roof Restoration Brisbane team on how your roof can help you lower your home’s energy costs, regardless of the season. Cooling and heating costs account for a large proportion of your total monthly energy bill. Every time that your home’s heating or cooling system is forced to over work, your energy bill takes a huge hit.
Keeping your home’s indoor temperature constant, by shielding it from the outdoor extremes you can be able to prevent any substantial fluctuations, and with it, keep the AC from drawing too much power.
Your roof is the first line of defense against outdoor temperature extremes; read on below to find out how it can save money on your energy bill.
During Hot Weather
In hot weather, heat from the sun is transferred to the roof surface through radiation. As the roofing material heats up, the heat is then transferred to the attic and then through to your living space. As more heat is transferred through to the living space, the AC is forced to work harder to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures.
It is important to note that high temperatures in the attic not only make cooling your home costlier but also damage roof decking and shingles.
During Cold Weather
When cold weather sets in, the attic air becomes cold. In the absence of adequate insulation, the cold temperatures are transferred downwards into the living space, pushing your home’s heating to work harder in an attempt to counter the decrease in temperatures.
For your roof to help you save energy costs, you will need to take deliberate steps towards insulating it. This involves creating thermal barriers designed to keep excess heat out during hot weather, and to prevent unnecessary heat loss during cold weather.
This can be done in a number of ways including the installation of energy efficient roofs and use of reflective roofing materials for those who intend to have a new roof installed. Reflective roof coatings and proper ventilation or installation of insulation in the attic are worthwhile considerations for those who are not looking to have a new roof installed.
Before you choose the best course of action when it comes to improving the energy efficiency of your home’s roof be sure to carefully go through each option to get an idea of its suitability to your situation.
You can contact local roofing companies and ask about the best option considering the local climate as well as your specific needs.