We live in the age of going green and concern over the imperiled state of our environment. That means there are more solutions available than ever aimed at conserving energy and making the most out of the energy that does get used. New homes are being constructed with green building techniques and incorporate modern appliances that are extremely energy efficient compared to more antiquated appliances you may find in older homes. There are several ways to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as it can be if you are looking to upgrade your home in the green friendly department. A huge area of your home that will affect the use of energy is your roof. We are going to cover a few aspects of your roofing that can affect the energy efficiency of your home.
Upgrading the insulation in your attic is probably the easiest step you can take in enhancing the energy efficiency of your roof. Having adequate insulation will keep the air from the environment outside of your home from entering and altering the comfortable environment you have set up on the inside of your home. If you have insulation that is lacking in quality, your home’s heating and cooling systems will have to work much harder in order to achieve the desired temperature and that could greatly shorten the life span of your A/C and heating units. Replacing central air system components can be extremely intrusive and expensive. The concealed nature of central air system installations means that you may need to tear out some ceiling or wall space in order to access the necessary components. It can be messy to say the least.
Adding a cooling element to your roofing via either a coating or material covering, is another step you can take to exercise further control over your roof’s thermal properties. These are meant to shield your roof from heat by reflecting as much light as possible from your roof so the heat energy from the light isn’t absorbed by your roofing material. This will help keep your home cooler while reducing the demand on your cooling system. During certain times of the year having these layers will allow you to forgo the use of your Air conditioning as the layers will do an adequate job of keeping your home cool on their own.
These are just a couple of suggestions you can consider to increase the energy efficiency and comfort levels of your home. You can never be too energy efficient or too comfortable in your home. Increasing the energy efficiency of you home is definitely worthwhile. We will be revisiting this topic in the future to suggest more tips for you!