- Home Improvement
Energy Saving Tips for Your Roof
Have you ever thought that your roof could help you save energy? Well it could. With being eco-friendly on the rise people are looking at a wide array of products that can help reduce their carbon footprint on the earth. While saving money is usually the number one priority, saving the environment in most households has become number two. Hybrid cars and energy star appliances are on the rise. Well now homeowners are looking to their roof over their heads to help me save energy, which helps them save money and be eco-friendly.
They type of material a you chooses for their roof can play a huge role in the costs to heat and cool your home. For example, asphalt roofing tiles tend to attract and absorb heat. This heat can be dispersed throughout your home. In multi-level homes this can be very troublesome because as we all know heat tends to rise. What this means is the upper level of the house will be warmer. If you are like me and do not like sleeping in a very warm bedroom you will have your air conditioner or fan running to keep the room cool. With the heat from the summer months, combined with the heat being absorbed by your asphalt tiles your air conditioning and/or cooling fan will be running overtime to keep you cool. Therefore if you live in an area with consistently warm temperatures for the majority of the months in the year, asphalt roofs may not be best for you. Metal roofs however disperses and deflects heat, which can help with reducing cooling costs.
Another way to reduce costs would be to invest in insulating your roof. Homes are not built like they were back in the day. If you live in the burbs and have purchased a new home, it is very likely that your roof was insulated with the bare minimum to pass the building inspection. Paying a little more to add more insulation to your roof will help reduce energy costs. In the colder months of the year the added insulation will retain the heat from your home, thereby reducing the need to have the heater or furnace running more often. If possible ensure that your walls and crawlspaces are properly insulated. This will just help retain heat further.
Another way to help reduce energy costs would be to add solar panels to the roof of your home. The panels will collect the sunlight throughout the day, convert it into energy that can help power your home. Note that the initial costs for solar panels will be steep upfront, they can still help reduce costs in the long run.
Knowing the climate in your area and the best type of material for your roof along with proper insulation will help keep the temperature in your home regulated. Regulated temperature in your home will help you reduce energy costs.