With high temperatures expected to reach near record levels again this summer, homeowners are looking for ways to keep their home cool. Of course, air conditioners will remain summer must-haves. Many, however, don’t want the higher power bills that have been accepted as a given in summer.
Luckily, there are ways to keep your home cool while minimizing your power consumption. Willi Roofing Services, a top gutter contractor in the state, lists the ways you can heat-proof your home below.
Why Your Air Conditioner Has to Work Harder
Solar heat gain is usually the main reason behind higher indoor temperatures and household power bills. Solar heat radiates either through your roof or windows, forcing your air conditioner to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature inside.
One way of easing the strain on your air conditioner is making sure solar heat can’t enter your home either through the windows or your roof. You can do this by replacing your old windows with energy-efficient ones or installing a cool roof.
How Cool Roofs Prevent Solar Heat Gain
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says your roof’s surface can reach temperatures as high as 50 to 90 degrees higher than the ambient air temperature. Cool roofs have reflective coatings that can reflect back ultraviolet (UV) rays and solar heat, lowering the roof’s temperature by as much as 50 degrees.
And, if you do decide to install a cool roof, only hire a certified contractor that specializes in roof installation services.
How to Prevent Solar Heat From Passing Through Windows
Installing windows with a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) can reduce the solar heat passing through the window; the lower the SHGC, the less solar heat that passes into your home. Something as simple as adding blinds or curtains can also block sunlight.
Willi Roofing Services, a GAF-certified roofing contractor with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, offers general roofing services as well as gutter repair services. To get a free estimate, call us at (512) 504-7900, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Pflugerville, TX.