New Home Construction Tips – 3 Steps To Making Your Newly Built Home As Energy Efficient As Possible…

Everybody wants to have their indoor temperatures at an optimal level without breaking the bank! New technology in roofing, insulation, and HVAC equipment has made that possible. When all three are combined, you will save on energy costs. If you are building a new home from the ground up, choosing the right roofing and insulation will be easier and less expensive than replacing them on an existing home. However, replacing the existing HVAC unit in an existing home can and will give you more energy-efficiency right from the start.

HVAC Equipment

Invest in an energy-efficient air conditioner and furnace. Although new heating and cooling equipment are more expensive, you can save over $1,000 each year on energy costs depending on the size of your home. You’ll see, feel, and hear the difference between a heating and cooling system that has been engineered and installed to efficiently deliver comfort. Enjoy consistent temperatures across every room and a constant supply of fresh, filtered air reducing indoor pollutants, dust, pollen, and other allergens. The heating and cooling of your home accounts for 56% of the energy used in typical US homes, which is why it makes sense to invest in new HVAC technology.

Roofing

Have your roofing contractor install energy-saving shingles. On a sunny summer day, the temperature in your attic can climb as high as 140 degrees. With so much heat collecting in the confined space of an attic, it’s no wonder that your air conditioning system has to work harder and longer to keep your home comfortable. Energy-efficient shingles installed by roofing experts can help reduce heat in the attic and any heat going into the house, helping to keep your home cooler in the summer and your air conditioning bills lower. These shingles are also known as reflective roofing. Unlike standard shingles that absorb heat for sun, shingles that use energy-saving technology reflect it. In addition to the shingles, most green roofing also involves radiant barrier plywood. The radiant barrier plywood has an aluminum facing on one side. This facing joins forces with the reflective shingles to add a hard-line defense. If you have an older home you may not be able to install the new energy-saving shingles because not all roofs are suitable for these materials.

Insulation

Have your insulation contractor install cellulose insulation, not fiberglass insulation. Cellulose Insulation is comprised of non-toxic and recycled treated cardboard or newspaper, provides excellent insulation for your home and costs less to install than cotton. Cellulose with advances in nontoxic chemicals are now flame resistant. Cellulose has an R-value of 3.6 to 3.8 per inch while fiberglass has a value of 2.2 to 2.6. With an R-value over one point high than fiberglass, cellulose insulation is what you should use to insulate your home.

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