- Install a Cool Roof
You probably wouldn’t go out in 100-degree temperatures in a dark-colored turtleneck. Why? Because in temperatures like that, it’s important to stay cool. Your roof is no different. For maximum roofing efficiency, consider installing a cool roof or cool roof features. Cool roofs make your house energy-efficient by reflecting the sun rather than absorbing heat, so it’s easier for your house and attic to stay cool during those sweltering summer days. A bonus for you? Having a cool roof will reduce your AC bill, thanks to the added efficiency. Even if you don’t make the jump to the newest cooling technology, choose lighter colors when picking your shingles to achieve similar results.
A cool roof might not be right for every building. While some homes and office spaces benefit hugely, other structures are not built to sustain this kind of roofing. Contact a qualified contractor or utilize the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cool Roof Calculator to see if this would be a good choice for your home.
- Bask in the Sun
Sadly, this doesn’t refer to a day by the pool, but instead to a concept known as passive solar design. Passive solar design combines energy-efficient building practices with strategic planning relevant to the outside world. It uses the sun, windows, and shades to lighten the work that your AC system is doing to heat or cool. In hot climates, limit or shade windows that face the south, as that is where the sun will spend most of the day. In winter, capitalize on the south-facing windows to help the home heat up through sunlight.
- To the Windows, to the Walls
Windows and walls are crucial parts of an energy-efficient home. Even with the highest quality roofing efficiency, air can escape if windows and walls are not properly maintained, causing your energy usage to spike as you fight the temperatures and moisture outside. To ensure maximum energy efficiency, consider investing in double-paned, high-quality windows, and make sure they are sealed correctly in extreme temperatures. Similarly, utilize high-quality insulation in your walls to promote energy efficiency.
- Check Your Ventilation
Ventilation is sometimes overlooked in-home and roof design, but it’s truly a major key to roofing efficiency. Proper insulation often gets the limelight, but proper ventilation gives your AC system a break during the super-hot summer months by letting the warm air out and constantly circulating in new air. Unlike cool roofs, proper ventilation is recommended for every home, and experienced contractors will advise on the best ways to check your ventilation or include it if you are replacing your roof.
- Make the Little Adjustments
You may be wondering if you need a whole new roof or have to sink major money into repairs to truly become energy-efficient. After reading the above, it’s easy to feel like the small changes might not make that big of a difference, but those little changes in your everyday routine will also bring you one step closer to having an energy-efficient home, without completing major renovations. Some things to make sure you remember:
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room
- Take cooler showers and run the hot water less frequently
- Do full loads of laundry and dishes when possible
- Adjust your thermostat closer to the temperature outside when you’re not home
- Clean air filters regularly
If you’ve done all the little things and would still like to consider investing in a new roof or hiring a contractor for a new building project, Model City Roofing can help. We are proud of our roofing efficiency and have many projects that create energy-efficient homes. Contact us for a free quote in Florida or Tennessee.