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How old is your home heating system? How much are your heating bills each winter? Did you know that your heating bill could be much higher than it needs to be if your heating system is outdated or not well maintained? To find out what it could cost to update your heating system and lower the cost of heating your home for next winter, take a moment to visit my website. I have learned this past winter just how much money can be saved by spending money on an updated heating system. Find out how much I have saved this year and what changes I made to achieve the savings.

Roofing And Windows To Reduce Cooling Costs

When you set out to decrease your cooling costs, buying the most energy-efficient equipment you can find is a good place to start. On the other hand, if your home heats up as fast as or faster than your AC system can cool it down, you may still end up overpaying to cool your home. Thus, you need to take steps to decrease heat gain in order to reap the full benefits of an energy-efficient cooling system. Start by upgrading your roofing and your windows. 

Energy-Efficient Roofing

One good choice for roofing is a metal roof. Metal is a naturally reflective material as opposed to asphalt which absorbs the sun's energy. If you clad your home with asphalt shingles, the shingles will heat up during the day and some of the heat they absorb will leak into your home, thus driving up your cooling costs. By way of contrast, metal roofing treated with an emissive coating will reflect most of the sun's energy away from your home, and what heat it does absorb, it will release back into the atmosphere. In this way, metal roofing can reduce your cooling costs by up to 40%

Energy-Efficient Windows

The key to an energy-efficient window is not necessarily the number of panes it contains, but the space between the panes. This layer of gas acts as a buffer to reduce energy transfer from the inside surface of glass through the outside surface of glass. While having a multi-pane window is a good start toward isolating your home environment from the outside world, the sun's UV rays can travel right through glass and gas. Thus, UV rays can still heat up your home whether you have multi-pane windows or not. To prevent heat gain, you should use a layer of window film to reflect the sun's UV rays before they have a chance to enter your home. If you do this, you can decrease your cooling costs by up to 23%.

The above-cited examples should provide evidence that reducing heat gain is the key to reigning in summer cooling costs. While you should do as much as you can to prevent your home from heating up in the first place, you also need to realize that no matter what you do, some heat gain is inevitable. Thus, the best defense against summer heat is to pair your defenses against heat gain with an energy-efficient cooling system to cool things down whenever they start to heat up. 

Contact a contractor like Pure Air Filters Inc for better help reducing your energy costs.