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What Energy Efficiency Is All About

Changing light bulbs is just one way people can make homes more energy efficient.

How energy efficient is my home

Many homeowners today are concerned with energy efficiency and making their homes more energy efficient. In general, when you are trying to make your home more energy efficient, you are trying to reduce the amount of energy consumed without sacrificing output. The main reason you want to do this is to save money. You may already have some strategies in place to make your home more energy efficient such as insulation or you’ve installed an energy efficient roofing system like a metal roof.

But there are other strategies you can apply to may your home more energy efficient and save money.  

Energy efficient at home

To make your home more energy efficient, you have to think of your home as a system and each component, from roofs to the appliances you choose, works as a network to improve energy efficiency and save money. Here are some tips so you can be more energy efficient at home.

Energy efficient tips

Some ways to improve energy efficiency include:

  • Installing effective insulation: Adding insulation slows down heat outflow in the winter and inflow in the summer, putting less strain on your heating and cooling systems.
  • Upgrading windows: You can replace your older windows with newer ones that designed for better energy efficiency. You can also insulate your windows with weatherstripping to stop drafts and leaks.
  • Planting shade trees and shrubs: Trees and shrubs, especially those planted on the west side of a home, help with cooling especially in the summer months, by blocking out sunlight in the hottest areas of the home.
  • Replacing old roof with energy efficient system: Roofs can be some of the hottest areas of your home, since they are exposed daily to the sun’s heat and since heat rises from interior to the top of the house. One energy efficient option is a metal roof because of their high reflectivity. For metal roof installation in High Point, NC, Gleason Home Improvements is your reliable source.
  • Replacing HVAC system with a newer high-efficiency system: Older heating and cooling systems become less efficient as they age, and there are newer high-efficiency systems that will save you money. No matter how old your HVAC system, if you have clogged or damaged air ducts your system won’t run efficiently. Air duct repair is necessary to keep your system running at peak performance.
  • Improving hot water usage: You can improve your hot water usage to lower energy usage by turning down the heat and installing low-flow fixtures.
  • Replacing incandescent bulbs: Incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy. Replace them with LED or compact fluorescent lights which produce stronger light and last longer.

Does a new roof help energy efficiency?

New roofs are much more energy energy efficient, especially when you install energy efficient materials like clay tiles or synthetic shingles because these systems are highly reflective of sunlight. Because of their reflectivity, metal roofs are considered energy efficient. They can be painted in a variety of colors to fit your home’s style and the climate in your region. Lighter color roofs, for instance, cool better in warmer climates, while darker roofs are great for those living in cooler climates. Backed with rigid foam insulation, a metal roof’s energy efficiency is even further enhanced.

Metal roofs can improve a home's energy efficiency.

Is a metal roof more energy efficient?

Metal roofs have gained a reputation for their inability to insulate homes, but this reputation is not well-founded. While metal roofs do tend in some cases, depending on the quality of the installation, to allow warm air to escape, they do reduce energy consumption because of their reflectivity. They are especially valued when it comes to cooling your home because they absorb less heat from direct sunlight. Different colors can increase energy efficiency as well. So can a backing of rigid foam insulation, which can be applied directly to your metal roof when it’s installed.  

What are the advantages of a metal roof?

Besides being energy efficient, metal roofs offer several advantages over other roofing systems. There’s little question, for instance, that metal roofs are some of the sturdiest around. Whether they are steel, aluminum or other metal, they are highly fire resistant and hold up to the worst Mother Nature can throw at them when it comes to high winds, snow and ice. They even hold up well against hail and while they may get dented by it, they are less vulnerable to punctures caused by hail. Metal roofs are lightweight as well and easy to install.

What is the most energy efficient roof color?

When it comes to roof color, much of your energy efficiency will depend on where you live. In hotter climates lighter colors will help cool your roof by as much as 50 to 60 degrees, which in turn, put less strain on your air conditioner. Similarly, darker roofs will absorb heat more, which may be better in cooler climates, although this heat absorption can contribute to the Urban Heat Island Effect in dense urban areas in which heat gets trapped and making the area warmer.

Is a dark or light roof better?

Again, much of how roof color affects your home will depend on how hot or cold it is outside, though, as mentioned above, darker roofs tend to be warmer and can trap heat in urban areas. While roof color can help with energy efficiency, probably the most important way to save energy with your roof is through quality insulation installation.

Energy efficiency for all

No matter where you live, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency from simple steps like changing light bulbs to replacing appliances like heaters and air conditioners with newer models. Anyone can improve energy efficiency.

If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, one place to start with is your roof. Even small repairs can help. Whether you need repairs or you’re considering a new roof in High Point, NC, you can rely on Gleason Home Improvements to ensure your roof is an energy efficient part of your home. Call us today at (336) 823-6156 to find out what we can do for you.

Dedication to Service

Gleason Home Improvements

We Put Our Heart and Soul Into Every Job.

From day one, we wanted our focus to be on our clients. Grounded on the idea of service, upholding the responsibility of honesty, and putting our heart into every job, we worked hard to get where we are today. Over 20 years later, Gleason Home Improvements is one of the leading roofing contractors in the business. We have expanded our skills to other areas of home improvement, such as siding and window installation so that we are able to serve our clients more. 

Our dedication to service has granted us several awards, such as an A+ in customer satisfaction, and the Master Shingle Applicator award from Certainteed. We are not about the awards though, our reward is seeing the smiles on our client’s faces and watching them flourish in their renovated homes. We want to continue the relationship we have with our clients, as we believe that they are not a sales opportunity, but a human being in which we can serve by using what our skills in what we know best, roofing and home improvements.

The Voices of Our Clients

We know that the real proof of the quality of our services does not come from our own mouths but by the end product of our job and the voice of our clients. Here are a few testimonies as to the caliber of our work.

“Great Customer Service! We are so pleased and cannot wait for you to do our sides and gutters!” – Shelia F.

One of the major reasons we have expanded our field base into being a company that was more than just a roofing contractor was so that we could cater to all of our client’s home improvement needs. We didn’t just want to be their roofing company, we wanted to be their partner in all of their home improvement needs. This way, they knew that there was someone to turn to that they could put their full trust in, and feel confident about the services they were paying for.

“From the very first call to the end result, the experience was wonderful, they went above and beyond…” Shawna G

We only offer the highest quality materials and only use the best techniques in the trade. This is to ensure the expert craftsmanship of our services. We also help you check for other damages, as our job is to ensure that you and your family have a secure home to grow together in.

We also offer services in insurance claim assistance. We understand the ends and outs of insurance companies, having dealt with them for over twenty years, and we want you to feel comfortable when making your insurance claim to cover emergency damages on your roof. We take the time to do a thorough inspection of the damaged area, making sure to clearly label all affected areas and then we take pictures and draw up our estimate. We then give you two copies of the estimates, so that way you can give one to the insurance company when you file your claim. This is so that they can see a detailed list of what damages were done and how much it is going to cost to fix them. This eliminates any confusion that can come from trying to understand the fine lines of your insurance policy.

Hurricane Florence

Our call to service doesn’t just stop there. When hurricane Florence devastated the North Carolina Coast, the destruction left behind was unfathomable. We knew we had to do our part to help restore the homes of these people back to an inhabitable state. Our crew went to aid in the reparations, and we worked hard to ensure that our work wasn’t just passable, that it was high-class. We wanted to give the people affected by hurricane Florence hope that their life could be rebuilt from destruction, and all of that started with helping to rebuild their homes.

“Big shout out to Chad Gleason and Gleason Home Improvements! They have dropped everything to come to Atlantic Beach to help us and many other families. Every house in our neighborhood of 50 homes lost their roof. We have all been in desperate need for reliable help post-Florence.

I’m grateful for their big heart and willingness to go the extra mile (no pun intended since they have driven 5 hours with all their equipment to be here). Thank you, Chad” – Josh Gleason

Contact Us

Gleason Home Improvements

Our Clients Love Our Work.

If you are looking for a home improvement specialist or a roofing contractor that you can trust in High Point, NC, then call your trusted team of roofers at Gleason Home Improvements. Our work speaks for itself and the reviews from our clients speak volumes. We are proud to serve our clients and we show them our respect in every job that we do. We make sure that we show professionalism, by showing up on time, regularly cleaning up our job site to make sure your home looks better than the way we found it, and by putting our heart and soul into every job. If you would like a free estimate or have any more questions, call us at (336) 823-6156