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What’s that on Your Roof? No, not Santa
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Clues about what the snow on your roof can tell you about your home’s heating system, of course.

Next time we get a fresh snowfall, take a look at your roof over the course of the day. If you notice large patches of snow melting off your roof, you probably have heat escaping in those areas, causing the snow to melt.

This means you’re spending money to heat the top of your roof. Not good.

Your furnace, even a high efficiency furnace, has to work harder to heat your house if your roof is included in the deal. Which means higher energy bills all winter long.

Another problem with unintentionally heating your roof is that you may find that ice dams form. An ice dam is when snow melts on one part of the roof, allowing water to flow to a cooler (unheated) area, which then refreezes. If this happens many times, an ice dam forms and stops water from draining from the roof. When the ice does melt, because it is being prevented from draining, it can seep under shingles and damage attic spaces or eaves, which in turn can lead to water stains on your ceiling, structural damage or mold growth in your house.

There are plenty of reasons to avoid heating unused spaces, particularly those outside your home. If you have concerns about heating your home efficiently, give us a call, we’re always happy to help.





 

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