Heat Transfer: Knowing When Home Improvements Will Help

heat transfer home improvementsThe answer to maintaining a comfortable home environment is fairly simple for home improvement professionals. We do this by understanding the properties of heat transfer and how it relates to your home improvement needs.  Trying to save money by setting the thermostat warmer in the heat of summer, and cooler in the cold of winter, is no way to be comfortable. Most families want to properly budget their utilities, and inefficiencies can lead to even more frustrations when the heating bill is greater than expected. And even more chilling… no one wants to run out of oil in the middle of a frigid winter’s night!

Let’s explore the fundamentals of heat transfer and how it relates to your home:

  • Conduction is transfer of heat or cold through a solid.
  • Radiation is the transfer of heat energy by the sun’s UV rays.
  • Convection is the hot or cold air movement passed through an object.

Watch this short video to learn more.

What kind of home improvements may be required to help maintain an energy efficient home?

First, we recommend getting a home improvement professional, like the team at Russell Roofing and Exteriors to perform an inspection of your home’s exterior, as well as a thorough review of your attic. We’ll look for the following:

Windows and Doors:

  • The use of resistant glass, double pane widows, and window frames made of high-resistant material that prevents energy transfer, are preferred.
  • UV rays passing through the window pane.  Special coatings placed on the window pane block UV rays and prevent energy transfer.
  • Leaks causing air to escape or enter the home. Inspect the seals between the sliding widow panes and the seal between the window and the frame structure.  This is dependent on the exactness of the fit of the window to the frame and the quality of installation of the window.
  • Do your existing windows or doors fit the space properly? The convection of air through the space around the window or door will eliminate the other benefits of the new installation.

Roofing and Gutters:

  • Loose or broken shingles will need to be fixed before the harsh winter conditions begin.
  • Bald spots where granules are missing
  • Your roof is 15-20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles
  • Poorly hanging gutters and systems that aren’t connected properly will lead to flooding issues around your home that can lead to leaking into your home.
  • Look for signs that might lead to ice dams during freezing conditions.


  • Cracks in your foundation or along the home’s edging will enable air and potentially rodents or other pests to enter your home when it’s cold outside.


  • Proper ventilation allows for safe and effective flow of air. You want to maintain and ensure healthy air quality within your home, especially during the months when it’s not wise to open the windows due to the cold air.
  • Proper and newer insulation will help insulate your home from drafts and ensure the warmth produced in the home, stays in the home.

Russell Roofing and Exteriors is the region’s leading home improvement company serving your home’s exterior and roofing needs. Every installation is backed by a warranty and guarantees the highest in customer service. If it’s Russell, it’s Right… Guaranteed!”

Call 888-567-7663 for a free in-home consultation and inspection. We can help you plan for a safe and warm winter.

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