How to Build an Energy Efficient Home
You want to make your home more energy efficient. Maybe you’re paying more for utility bills than you’d like, or maybe you just want a way to lower your home’s carbon footprint. But what goes into an energy efficient home? There are a few upgrades you can make that will all help your home to be more energy efficient. Although these features may cost slightly more upfront, the long term value and durability will ensure that they pay off.
Energy Saving Windows
Perhaps the most common upgrade to surround the term “energy efficiency” is replacement windows. Windows with poor energy efficiency tend to allow cold air to leak into the home or allow hot air to slip out. Energy saving windows will tightly seal your home and help lower your heating and cooling costs. In searching for energy saving windows, consider these energy efficiency terms:
- U-Factor, which rates the amount of heat loss through the window panes;
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), which measures the rate at which unwanted heat gets in;
- Visible Transmittance (VT), which measures the amount of light that the window lets in;
- Air Leakage (AL), rating the amount of air from outside that seeps inside through the window; and
- Condensation Rating (CR), rating the window’s ability to resist interior window condensation.
Energy Efficient Siding
Vinyl siding is a popular siding option throughout the country because of its affordability. However, in the climate of Lubbock, TX, vinyl siding rarely stands the pressure. It often buckles, cracks, melts, and fades, allowing the walls of the home to be more vulnerable. A better option is vinyl-coated seamless steel siding. Seamless siding holds up even in the most extreme Texas heat and lasts for fifty years, protecting your home’s walls and insulation for a tighter seal and, of course, better energy efficiency.
Roofing With The Best Energy Performance
Finally, consider the energy efficiency of your roof. Asphalt shingles are common, but only last for about 5-15 years, and their energy savings are minimal. In fact, neither asphalt, slate, nor wood offer substantial energy savings. However, metal roofing, whether vertical panels or metal tiles, offers excellent energy savings, with very little heat loss. These roofs are also durable enough to last for 100 years and are particularly light for easy installation.
Want to get started on your own energy efficient home?Contact West Texas Exteriors today for a free quote on windows, siding, roofing, and more.