Windows And Heating: Cutting Edge And Practical Approaches To Upping Your Homes Energy Efficiency
If you are building a new home (with the help of a company like Uskoa Construction LLC), you are in a unique position of constructing a home that can have significantly higher energy efficiency than homes of previous decades. Being aware of the current options for energy savings can provide you with massive benefits both on your annual energy bill and eventual resale value.
Compiled below are two areas of your home that can be adapted to assume a high degree of energy efficiency if installed correctly.
Windows that are carefully considered in the design of an energy efficient home can make a dramatic difference in savings if properly installed.
- Expensive Option: Low emissivity windows, or "low-e" windows, are windows that have been treated with a coating that increase the windows ability to act as insulation for your home. The coating keeps heat from escaping and cold air from getting in during the winter, and the reverse during the summer. Windows without this coating will see an increase in your overall heating and cooling of your home raise by 10-20%. Their cost differential however, is nothing to scoff at, with the average low-e window coming in 10-15% higher than normal windows per pane.
- Budget Option: If you want savings with your windows but don't want to splurge on the new technology, you can improve energy efficiency by just being conscious of where windows are placed in your home. Place as many windows as possible on the first floor of your home facing south. This will maximize the solar gain potential for your home, while limiting the amount of heat lost when the sun isn't shining. Also try and cut back on windows above the first floor, as this will decrease your efficienc.
How you heat your home will have a considerable impact on your level of efficiency.
- Expensive Option: Radiant heating options represent some of the most efficient ways of heating your home. One of the best options for a residential home is in-floor heating. Coils of specialized piping are installed under your floors, which are then pumped with heated water. The heat then radiates upward, heating your whole home with a fraction of the energy it takes using a conventional furnace. The installation and material costs are considerably higher than a furnace, however, so your initial investment will be quite high.
- Budget Option: A clever way of increasing your homes heating efficiency is to avoid vaulted ceilings. The extra space will take more energy to heat, and since it's space above your head, it's being heated for no one in particular. Keep your ceilings as low as practically possible, and if you can, have your ceilings designed with a curve, as this will increase heated air flow efficiency.