Optimizing a home’s overall energy efficiency can involve multiple home projects. The impact that different parts of a home have, like the quality of a roof and windows, determines its true energy efficiency or carbon footprint. A number of home improvements can be completed in order to reduce a home’s energy consumption, such as replacing windows and doors with more energy efficient alternatives. So where do you start?
A Roof’s Contribution to Energy Efficiency
A roofing system is among the most important aspects of a home. It keeps a home and those inside protected from the elements while playing an important role when it comes to energy efficiency. One way to improve the energy efficiency of a home is by installing a lighter colored asphalt shingle.
Shingles with a lighter color, such as Owens Corning’s Shasta White which carries the ENERGY STAR® label, prevent the transmittance of heat radiance into a home by reflecting UV rays and not absorbing too much heat. This stops excessive heat from building up underneath a roof, which in turn would affect the temperature inside a home. Properly installed and functional vented soffit bordering a roof is essential for the release of any potential heat that has accrued. On the other hand, a liquid silver coating can be layered on top of a flat roof surface in order to insulate against and reflect excess heat.
Windows and Energy Efficiency
Windows play a considerable role in determining what a home’s true energy consumption is. Windows that are manufactured with inferior components, glass packages or were improperly installed are likely to place a strain on a home’s heating and cooling functions. This results from air infiltration, otherwise known as drafts, and the loss of either cold or warm air through the frame and or glass of a window. All of which will increase both utility costs and the carbon footprint of a home.
By investing in energy efficient windows with good structural integrity, the interior of a home will be more comfortable year-round while helping to diminish utility related expenses. Good windows will also protect against excessive sunlight and noise. Overall, investing in quality windows with professional installation very much pays off in the long run.
The TopLine Home Improvement Difference
If you’re looking to enhance your home’s energy performance, look no further than TopLine Home Improvement. We specialize in making homes not only more beautiful but energy efficient. Our custom-made virgin vinyl Okna replacement windows exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements. These windows have customizable features and are crafted with only the highest-quality materials for energy savings and an exceptional life span. Our pitched and flat roofing options are affordable and are of the highest quality, keeping your home dry, protected and insulated from the Northeastern weather. We’d be happy to have the opportunity to serve you. For a free estimate, contact TopLine today at (718) 769-4555.