Winter often presents homeowners more hazards than other seasons, in more ways than one. Dangerously cold temperatures, ice, snow, and freezing rain…yes those aspects of winter can all be harmful, but the heating bills that accompany the cold season are the most hazardous to our checkbooks.
Looking at a thermometer that reads 24 degrees, I am thankful to live in a time when I have access to the technology to keep my home at a comfortable temperature for my family. Whether we keep our home at 56 degrees or 83 degrees, we are responsible to pay for the fuel used to produce that heat.
Since you’re paying so much hard-earned money each month to heat your living space, it’s your responsibility to ensure that YOUR heat isn’t escaping that living space. How do you find out if it is escaping?
One thing you probably have not paid too much attention too is the snow on your roof. Let’s say it snows 4 inches, and the temperature stays below freezing for several days after the snowfall. Look at your roof and compare it to your neighbors’ roofs. If, after a few days your roof still has all that snow and your neighbor’s is almost all melted, your neighbor is not protecting their heat, are they? You may also notice this only above one or more particular rooms.
There are many reasons why this may be, but give yourself a pat on the back for taking good care of that heated air you paid so well for. When you get a chance, bake some cookies for your neighbor and explain to them that the snow on their roof will melt when the outdoor conditions allow it to. They don’t need to help.
If it is your home with the snow rapidly melting, you should better insulate your attic. Remember, the temperature in your attic should the same as the temperature outside, not the same as that of the home. The insulation should be properly and safely installed just above the ceiling of the top floor of the home, not in the attic rafters.
Ending point: The snow on your roof should be melted by warmth OUTSIDE the home, not by heat INSIDE the home. I’ll bet you all start looking at snow-covered roofs for melting patterns from now on.