Making Conservation Beautiful
Insulation is one of the keys to a comfortable, energy-efficient home. But simply having the right amount of insulation is not enough. If insulation is not properly installed, a home can have excessive heat gain during the summer and heat loss in the winter—forcing the heating and cooling systems to work overtime.
Properly installed insulation will completely blanket the home—exterior walls, ceiling, and floors—without gaps, voids, or compressions, and it will be in full contact with the interior air barrier (for example, drywall). Continuous sealing of the air barrier along the insulation is also critical to protecting against moisture damage that can be caused by warm air flow through the insulation to colder surfaces where it can condense.
Benefits of Properly Installed Insulation
- Enhanced Comfort – Properly installed insulation minimizes temperature variability indoors and helps keep rooms warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- Lower Utility Bills – As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. By preventing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, a properly installed insulation barrier reduces utility bills year round.
- Improved Durability – When insulation is properly installed, the potential for condensation that can lead to decay of building materials is reduced, helping to improve the durability of your home.
- Better Resale Position – The improved comfort, lower utility bills, and improved durability of a properly installed insulation barrier can translate into higher resale value compared to less efficient homes.
Energy Efficient Windows
Save Money and Energy
Energy efficient windows can provide a number of benefits for any home. Not only are there the more obvious benefits of saving money and saving energy, but there are other benefits such as improved comfort, less condensation in your home, and less fading of your fabrics.
Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows
- Energy efficient windows can substantially reduce the costs associated with heating and cooling – This is extremely apparent in climates of extreme heating and cooling demands.
- Reduce HVAC cost – High-performance windows not only provide reduced annual heating and cooling bills, they also reduce the HVAC peak heating and cooling loads.
- Add to the improved comfort of the home – Cold glass can create uncomfortable drafts as air next to the window is cooled and drops to the floor. Also, strong direct sunlight through window onto people and interior surfaces can cause overheating and discomfort.
- Reduce built-up condensation – High-performance windows create warmer interior glass surfaces, reducing frost and condensation by controlling the temperature and humidity.
- Increase the home owner’s light intake and view – Daylight and view are two of the fundamental attributes of a window. Adding high performance windows help to reduce unwanted heat gain while still allowing light to enter into your home.
- Reduce fading – Materials such as carpet, fabrics, paper, artwork, paints, and wood may fade upon exposure to sunlight. These windows can influence the type and intensity of transmitted radiation into a home.