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Denver Roofers Share 4 Tips to Keep Heating Costs Low This Winter

November 7, 2018

Fall is here and that means it’s only a matter of time until you need to crank the heat to keep the house comfortable. Though your heating system is designed to be as efficient as possible, all that use will cause your energy bill to increase. The last thing any homeowner wants is to do is pay more to heat their home than is absolutely necessary. Luckily, Denver roofing companies know that there are a few things you can do help you keep your home warm while keeping your energy bill as low as possible.

Fix Roof Leaks Immediately

Even small roof leaks can allow heat to escape. This forces your heating system to work harder just to keep the house at an ideal temperature. The harder the system works, the more energy it consumes and the more wear and tear it sees. Periodically inspect the attic space for any signs of moisture or roof leaks and have them repaired as soon as you notice them. The sooner the damage is fixed, the more efficiently your system will run throughout the winter. 

Have Your Insulation Inspected

When properly insulated, your attic helps keep the heat inside during the winter and out during the summer. However, if the insulation has been damaged by roof leaks and pests or there wasn’t enough insulation in the first place, your heating bill will likely be higher than it should be. Before winter falls, schedule an insulation inspection and let your roofing contractor assess the attic. If more insulation is needed, try to add it before winter is in full swing. 

Replace Missing Roofing Materials

Believe it or not, your shingles and roof flashing help insulate your home against the elements. When they’re missing, cracked, or damaged, they allow heat to escape and expose the inside of your house to the cold. Walk around the perimeter of your house and inspect the roof from the ground. If you notice any bare patches on the roof or see shingles and roofing nails around the yard, have them replaced as soon as possible. Not only will this keep the house warmer, but it will also reduce the risk of severe leaks and water damage once the snows start to fall. 

Insulate the Windows

Even double-pane windows allow heat to escape throughout the day. Install insulating window film over the glass to keep the heat inside without losing the natural light you rely on during the day. At night, use thick curtains and cover the windows completely to keep the cold from reaching inside the room. If there are visible cracks in the window frame or you feel a draft anytime the wind picks up, seal it with caulking or weather stripping. 

Keeping your roof in good condition throughout the winter will help your heating system work more efficiently. If you’re worried about the condition of your home’s roof or simply want a pre-winter inspection, call (720) 309-9722 to schedule a free estimate with our experienced contractors. We’ll take care of the damage quickly so you can stay warm no matter the weather.