There’s more to lowering the utility bills than just turning off lights and unplugging unused electronics. One of the most effective ways to reduce your heating and cooling costs is actually right over your head. Here is how a roofing company in Oklahoma City will help you lower your electric bill throughout the year.
Experienced roofers know that it’s vital to check the air flow in your attic. If the air is not moving properly, ice dams can form in winter, and the heat trapped in the attic in the summer will damage your shingles. This same ventilation problem drives up your cooling costs in the summer. When your home’s attic has suffocating temperatures, the heat presses down into the rest of your house. Keeping the air moving through the attic will make it easier to cool the interior of your home.
The first step is ensuring that there is adequate ventilation along the roof deck. The air flow should come in through the soffits and move out the top of your roof along a ridge vent or a series of roof vents. The next step is to ensure that the attic has all the insulation your home needs.
You can try to install your own insulation or you can trust the job to Oklahoma City contractors. The job requires care to ensure that the soffit vents are not blocked with insulation, which could create a major problem that may damage your roof. Blown-in attic insulation should be used in conjunction with attic baffles, allowing the air flow to continue moving through the space.
Another option worth considering is the installation of solar shingles. They look like regular shingles, but will harness free energy from the sun and put it to work for you. The installation should be done by a professional roofing company, and you will need an electrician to run the extra power lines and generator. However, you can drastically reduce your electric costs without putting any additional equipment in your yard.
Here at Robbins Roofing, Inc., we can help you lower your electric bill. The energy savings you will experience throughout the year can help offset that cost of a new roof. Even if your home doesn’t need new shingles, we can still help you improve the attic ventilation. We will also help you make the right choice regarding insulation so your home will be more energy efficient throughout the year. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about insulation options and how we can help you save money.