Your Roof Can Affect Your Home’s HVAC System
To operate and keep your home comfortable and cool, your home’s HVAC system removes heat and humidity from the air. If you’ve noticed that your energy bills are rising due to a strained HVAC system, then the reason behind it may be your roof. Here are a few ways that your roof affects your home’s HVAC system.
Roofs May Absorb Heat
If you’ve ever found yourself wearing a black T-shirt on a warm day, then you know firsthand that dark shades absorb heat. They also hold in the heat more than light colors do. The same thing happens with your roof. If your home’s roof is covered with dark-colored asphalt shingles, then it will absorb heat into the attic area. From there, the heat pushes down into your home’s living space as it looks for a place to go. The result is that your HVAC unit is forced to work harder to keep the interior of your home cool.
The Condition of Your Roof
If your roof is leaking, then the water that is coming in is causing structural damage to your home’s roof deck and attic. It is also affecting your HVAC system since the insulation is being damaged as well. When insulation becomes wet, it doesn’t work as well. Moldy insulation deteriorates. As it does, it loses its insulating value.
Keeping Your HVAC System Working at Its Peak
To keep your HVAC system working its best, make sure that your roof is in good condition and that it is ventilating properly. We also recommend using roof materials that will help your HVAC system by reflecting heat away from your home. At Home Town Heating and Air Conditioning, we install and repair heating and cooling systems. To keep your system operational, we offer maintenance packages. Call us in Concord, CA, to set up a system estimate today. We’re happy to help with all your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality units.