Having a Solid Roof Over Your Head Could Save you Thousands on Your Energy Bill!
Chances are, if you’re living in Colorado you’re all too familiar with our freezing winter season.
It seems to come out of nowhere, and if you’re like most people, that means cranking up your heating for days or weeks at a time.
But while you’re cozying at home, you’re cranking up your energy bill as well.
You might not realize it, but you’re likely spending a lot more on your heating bill than you need to because much of the heat in your home goes out the windows, roof, and even your walls.
When you’re worried about staying warm, your energy bill is easy to forget about…
But there are some telltale signs that your home is losing heat (and costing you a lot of cash).
So, if you suspect your home is losing heat during Colorado’s colder months, keep reading! We’ll explain what to look out for, and how you can keep the heat inside your home where it belongs.
Where your Home Loses Heat…
In 2015, space heating accounted for 27.3% of all energy usage in residential homes in the U.S.
Americans spend millions of dollars heating their homes each year, and there’s a reason for that…
Besides the fact that we need to stay warm during Colorado’s winter season, much of our energy bill is spent heating the outdoors due to poor insulation.
Here’s where heat is most commonly lost in our homes:
- 25% through doors and windows
- 35% through walls
- 25% through the attic/roof
- 15% through the basement and floors
Of course, the solutions for some of these issues are easier than others, and your home may not have all these problems.
Still, ignoring these issues means you’ll be wasting a lot of cash.
So, what can you do about it?
Well, saving money on your energy bill and staying warm starts with identifying the unsealed areas of your home.
1 . High Energy Consumption/Bills
Naturally, the first (and easiest) factor to consider is your energy usage.
Do you notice your energy bill increasing sharply during winter? Do you find yourself turning up the heat all day and still feeling cold?
If so, it’s time to start investigating where heat loss is occurring…
2 . Condensation & Drafts
Check around the edges of your doors and windows. A cold draft coming in or condensation on the windows are both potential signs of heat loss.
In this case, your home loses heat through the process of convection. Essentially, cooler air entering your home through leaky doors and windows absorbs the warmer air inside and rises.
That air then escapes back outside. This is a serious problem, because your insulation is partially bypassed.
To prevent the cooling process of convection, caulking or applying foam to doors and windows can provide a temporary fix.
3. Gaps in Ductwork/Roof Vents
These sources of heat loss are typically easy to spot, but more difficult to repair on your own.
Roof vents, attic vents, and ductwork in your attic could be letting in large amounts of cold air.
Plus, a lack of insulation could be letting moisture into your attic. So, look out for…
- Rapid deterioration of your roofing
- A soggy roof deck (the plywood underneath your shingles)
- Mold and mildew in your attic
Wasting money on a leaky home is bad enough, but allowing moisture to creep in could cost you a lot more. In a situation like this, it's wise to call in a roofing and/or insulation contractor before the problem gets worse.
4. A Snow-Free Roof
A frost and snow-free roof in the middle of a Colorado winter is a dead giveaway of heat loss through your roof.
This is likely a result of poor insulation in your home’s attic. Though, it could also be a signal that your home is due for a roof replacement.
Like most issues with your roof, a snowless roof will probably require a consultation with a roofing expert. And keep in mind that roofing professionals can make repairs even in the wintertime!
5. Ice Dams
Ice dams form a wall of ice near the edge of your roof (above your gutters).
While they might look harmless, ice dams can cause serious problems for the interior and exterior of your home.
Ice dams form when heat loss from your home melts snow on the higher sections of your roof. This allows water to flow down, collect, and freeze near the colder edge of your roof.
The result is a wall of ice that can tear out your gutters and shingles. Plus, an ice wall holds water against your roof, often leading to leaks and water damage inside your home.
Keeping the Heat Inside Your Home…
If you’re looking to keep the heating you pay for inside your home, repairing, replacing, or upgrading your roof is a great place to start.
You can install better insulation, double-paned windows, and new doors to improve your home's efficiency.
Still, your home’s first line of defense is your roof.
Keeping the elements out and warmth in starts with a roof that protects your home effectively. So, if you’re in need of a roofing repair or replacement, look no further!
The experts at APEX Restoration & Roofing can assess the damage to your roof and provide you with the best repair and replacement options.
- Leak/Damage investigation
- Roof inspections
- Preventative maintenance
- Roof Repair
- Roof replacement
- Siding, gutter, and window solutions
And did we mention our comprehensive roof inspections are FREE?
Saving money on your energy bill and keeping Colorado’s snow and ice out is as easy as giving us a call…
So, let’s get started!
Call NOW to schedule a free inspection of your roof with an APEX roofing professional.