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Is Your Air Conditioner Running Too Much?

Is Your Air Conditioner Running Too Much?

July 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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Consider Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows to help reduce your energy costs! More and more, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials for their renovations and new homes, products that not only secure and improve structures but also provide long-term cost-cutting on energy bills while promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community.

    Among the array of possible upgrades, “cool metal roofing” easily answers this consumer demand offering a solid, attractive roofing solution available in multiple colors, textures, and profiles, for steep-slope and low-slope applications, that can  save your household up to 40% of its annual energy costs, depending on your geographical region.

    The Benefits of Energy Efficient Metal Roofing:

    As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs while highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 ° F. Combined, these benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation.

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    The secret to metal roofing’s energy savings is in its variety of finishes. As shown above, the basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation usually absorbed in your attic and home by an asphalt roof. But, for homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.  Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.

    Conclusion

    It may seem like there is a lot to think about when it comes to replacing your roof, but it will be worth it in the long run. Schedule a consultation just like you would any other important maintenance task (like changing the oil in your car). It will end up saving you time and money in the future.

    Contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today for a free inspection of your roof or give us a call at 515-981-3838

    Is Your Air Conditioner Running Too Much?2019-09-23T20:48:27+00:00

    When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?

    When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?

    July 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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    A window replacement isn’t a massive home improvement job, but it does require planning and preparation. One necessary step is choosing when you want to do your window replacement, specifically what season.

      Step One: Consultation

      The first step before picking a time of year for your replacement window installation is choosing a contractor and having an in-home consultation. We will look at your home and your windows to have a better idea of how long the project will take so you can plan accordingly.

      Which Season is Best?

      There are pros and cons to doing a window replacement in any season, and the necessary steps and process for the installation vary in warm versus hot temperatures. Installations can really happen year-round, weather permitting, so often it is a question of preference.

      -Spring or Summer: Replacing your windows in spring or a mild summer has several benefits. First, if you’re replacing lots of windows at once, warm weather will help keep your home at a nice temperature during the work. Take care, though, because if the weather gets too hot, all the excess heat might make your home uncomfortable. Second, most people have easier schedules in the summer as kids are out of school and businesses to allow for more vacation time. This might make it easier to plan around.

      -Winter or Fall: While at first glance installing windows in the colder months might seem like a bad idea, there are some advantages. While having your home open to the cold air isn’t ideal, you can easily isolate the drafts by shutting doors or putting up curtains. Again, there is also the risk of snowstorms, severe cold or other bad weather delaying the project, but that’s also a risk during the spring and summer too.

      It’s Up to You

      So, what time of the year is the best to replace windows? It’s up to you! It mostly depends on preference. Do you prefer extra heat or extra cold in your home during the installation? Is scheduling or saving money more important?

      With the right planning, window replacements can be done any time of the year, so ultimately the decision is all about what’s most convenient for you.

      Conclusion

      It may seem like there is a lot to think about when it comes to replacing windows, but it will be worth it in the long run.
      Schedule a window replacement consultation just like you would any other important maintenance task (like changing the oil in your car). It will end up saving you time and money in the future.

      Contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today for a free inspection of your windows or give us a call at 515-981-3838.

      When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?2019-07-10T20:42:52+00:00