Ask anyone who’s been through a sweltering Florida summer and they’ll tell you air conditioning is one of the most important ways to make it bearable. Central air conditioning is common in Florida, especially compared to other regions of the United States.
There’s just one drawback: The annual jump in your monthly electric bill in the summer.
Experts estimate the average cost of residential electric in Jacksonville around 12.4 cents per kilowatt hour. A central air conditioning unit can consume anywhere from 3500 to 6000 kilowatts of electricity per hour.
So, summer cooling demands can add $100-$200 to your monthly bill.
That number can climb even higher for larger homes. Ouch!
But there’s a surprising way you could improve cooling and control costs: Roof repair.
Your Roof Is Your Secret Weapon For Staying Cool In Jacksonville
If the “summer spike” in your electric is growing year by year – without corresponding changes in home electronics or your utility rates that explain it – the answer might be right over your head.
The roof is an incredibly important part of any structure. Not only does it keep you safe and comfortable, but it also contributes to natural cooling action that supports your air conditioner.
With that in mind, a damaged roof can actually lead to a hotter home.
As your roof ages, your air conditioning can end up cycling on and off more frequently and running for a longer period of time to reach the temperature you want. Regular roof repair from a trusted Jacksonville roofer helps keep things more efficient.
Wondering how the roof factors into inside temperatures?
There are two main ways:
Your Roof Helps Ensure Heat Doesn’t Get Trapped In Your Home
You probably learned in sixth grade science class that hot air rises. Throughout the day, this process enables warmer air to escape from your home. Leaks in your home’s outer envelope, such as warped windows, can sabotage the process – but the roof is the biggest factor.
For heat to vacate the home efficiently, the roof needs to be fully intact. It must also be supported by a sufficient quantity of good insulation. Insulation in your attic deteriorates over time, and moisture penetration can cause damage to the roof that may not be visible right away.
Your Roof Reflects A Degree Of Heat Away From Your Home
No matter what kind of roof you have, it reflects some degree of solar radiation away from the structure as the sun’s rays beat down on a hot Jacksonville day.
Over the years, shingle roofs have been manufactured to be more thermally efficient. There are also specialized “Cool Roof” shingles designed especially to reflect more heat.
On the other hand, older roofs have a tendency to absorb more heat. So do shingles with dark gray or black finishes, and areas of the roof that are cracked, peeling, or otherwise compromised.
Investing in your roof can keep you cooler no matter what the Sunshine State summer throws at you. Contact Plair Homes to schedule your assessment and roof repair today.