How Your Roof Can Affect Your HVAC System

If you notice that your HVAC system isn’t working like it normally does, it could indicate that there is a problem with your roof. Here are a few ways that your roof could be making your home less comfortable or more expensive to heat and cool.

Does Your Home Have Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt shingles are typically black or brown, which means that they do a good job of absorbing sunlight. This can result in higher temperatures throughout the home during the summer months. It may be a good idea to look into getting a metal roof or using other materials that do a better job of reflecting sunlight away from your home. Of course, you can always call the folks at Beckham and Jones in Huntsville, AL, to inspect and maintain your furnace or air conditioner.

Inadequate Ventilation Can Be Problematic

A lack of ventilation could result in humid air becoming trapped in the attic. The humid air could then be cycled around the rest of the home and make it warmer than it should be. Ideally, your home will have at least one vent every 300 feet or so. It may be a good idea to add additional vents if your home seems to be especially vulnerable to heat and humidity.

Make Sure That the Roof Is Free of Holes or Other Gaps

Warm air may be able to get through any gaps in your roof and settle in the attic. If there are ducts in the attic or anywhere near the roof, it could mix with the cold air produced by the compressor unit. Cooler air can enter an attic or a home’s ducts through gaps in the roof during the winter months and make it harder for a furnace to keep a home warm.

If you’re having issues with your furnace or compressor unit, give the folks at Beckham and Jones a call today! In addition to service calls, we offer maintenance packages on heating and cooling systems as well as provide indoor air quality services.