There are many ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Most of the time, the first thing that comes to mind is an HVAC upgrade. But make sure to look at the other things as well. Even though your heating and cooling system is a big part of how energy-efficient your home is, keep in mind that your roof can also have a big effect on your home’s comfort and energy expenditure.
Keeping this in mind, you should think carefully about what kind of roof you want for your home. If you need to replace your old roof soon, think about using materials that save energy and keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year. Meanwhile, here are some of the ways your roof helps you save energy:
1. Keeping your attic cool. Attic ventilation has long been part of roof architecture. Allowing fresh, chilly air in through intake vents and warm, damp air out through exhaust vents enables smooth and continuous airflow. It also prevents excess heat from building up and won’t make your AC work harder. Your roof’s airflow distribution helps keep your home comfortable.
2. Insulating your home. Through the insulation in the attic, your roof can also help keep your home’s energy costs low. The insulation keeps the outside temperature from getting into your attic. At the same time, it stops valuable cooling and heating energy from your living spaces from rising up and escaping to the attic.
3. Reflecting solar heat. The material that makes up your roofing system typically affects solar reflection. For example, certain asphalt shingles use cutting-edge reflective technology. They help prevent attic heat accumulation and lower air conditioning consumption, both of which could result in significant energy savings.
How to Make Your Roof More Energy-Efficient
Here are some tips to enhance your roof’s energy efficiency:
- Install a cool roof. Cool roofing systems and practices can reduce your home’s air temperature by more than 50 degrees. This implies you’ll run your AC less, saving 7% to 15% on energy expenditures.
- Boost attic and roof deck insulation. Insulation is meant to slow down the rate at which heat can move from outside to inside. By properly insulating your attic and the space just under your roof (called the roof deck), for instance, you could cut your energy use by 11%.
- Install an attic heat recovery vent. A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) or energy recovery ventilator (ERV) installation might help you gain control over your home’s ventilation. By harnessing the surrounding heat, these ventilation systems can cut your heating and cooling load by 9% to 12%. HRVs or ERVs save energy and improve indoor air quality.
Turn to Goodrich Roofing today for all your roofing needs. We consistently deliver an outstanding customer experience, high-value products, unsurpassed workmanship and manufacturer warranties that go above and beyond the industry norm. Give us a call at (505) 884-0662, or fill out our online form. We serve our customers in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas.