How Your Roof Influences Energy Use

Person Inspecting Roof

The status of your roof can play a large part in how much energy you are consuming at home. If you find that your energy bills are higher than usual lately, it may be time to examine the condition of your roof and see if repairs or updates are needed. With this guide from New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., see how a properly installed roof can help save money on your energy bills every month.

Stay Insulated

When air can flow freely between your home and the outdoors, the internal temperature is more susceptible to changes in the temperature outside. Air produced by your air conditioner or heater can also escape more easily, limiting their impact. The common method used to hinder this air circulation is insulation. As one of the largest surface areas on your home, the roof is an important place to have insulation, but can often be forgotten. Effectively shielding the interior of your home will help keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It will also limit how long you’ll have to run your heating or cooling system, which will conserve energy overall. If you feel that air passes through your house too easily, check to see if you need insulation in your attic.

Allow for Proper Ventilation

While you don’t want air to move without restriction between the inside and outside of your house, it is necessary to maintain a controlled flow of fresh air. This requires proper ventilation in your roof and attic. Since hot air rises, attics can become very warm in the summer. If your roof is poorly ventilated, it won’t let this hot air escape. With nowhere to go, the air can eventually pervade the lower floors of your house, causing you to run your air conditioner more often and waste energy. But, if your roof is well-ventilated, this trapped air can flow out in a controlled manner and will create a consistent temperature throughout your house without your cooling system having to work overtime.

Find the Best Solution for Your Roof

Now that you are aware of the relationship between your roof and energy consumption, it’s time to find a solution. New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc. is prepared to update your Northern or Central NJ home with high-quality roof replacement materials that will help improve efficiency and the overall condition of your roof. Contact us to learn more and receive a free estimate today.