During the hot months of the year, it can be difficult to lower your energy bill. Shutting off the air conditioning often makes the inside of the house muggy and warm, and having an unpleasant interior is an annoying tradeoff for saving money on energy costs. However, there are several ways to both save money on energy and keep your home cool and comfortable. You can easily make your home energy-efficient at an affordable cost.
A ‘soffit’ is the horizontal underside of a roof’s overhang. When attic spaces build up heat, it causes the rest of the house to be warmer, requiring air conditioning units to work harder in order to cool the house. Soffit installations are extremely useful for home ventilation, as they prevent heat from building up too high in those attic spaces. Furthermore, besides ventilation, soffits also provide some protection for your home from the elements. Together, those two uses make soffit installation a very worthwhile investment. In terms of materials, several different ones can be used depending on budget and desired style, but many consider fiber cement to be the best. Definitely consider adding a soffit to your home.
Air Duct Sealing
HVAC systems are made to effectively control the heating and cooling structures inside a home, and perform very well in keeping homes comfortable. Those systems, however, come with a high cost, which is why is important for your home to have energy efficient HVAC systems. Part of that efficiency comes in the form of air duct sealing. Duct sealing both equips one to keep alarming amounts of air from escaping HVAC systems, and also prevents them from developing any more air leakages in the future. Through thesis benefits, air duct sealing keeps costs low, and developing an energy-efficient HVAC is extremely worthwhile for every homeowner.
Insulated Concrete Form (IFC) construction is an advanced, modern technique to build houses that are durable, quiet, and energy-efficient. The technology enables homeowners gain many benefits not found in normal houses, such as being far more energy efficient than normal houses. Furthermore, if you live in a region with tornados, ICF homes are built to be tornado proof housing. Furthermore, ICF houses can be almost any style or size the homeowner wants (such as a concrete block house), and can accommodate a wide range of budgets. Even conventional house plans can easily be converted to ICF. With all these benefits, it is definitely worthwhile to consider when planning to build a home.
Solar shingles are great for combining the reliability of roof shingles with the benefits of solar electricity. If you dislike the look of normal solar panels, solar singles could be a great fit for you. You do not even need to use them for your entire roof, as they can replace only some shingles. Thankfully, while solar roofing of the past needed to be installed along with normal roofing material, modern solar roofing can be used as the primary roof. Other benefits include their range of styles, normal roof-like appearance, and extremely tough nature. They also provide a lot of power for your home, as well as enabling you to sell your excess power. However, the major negative of solar shingles is that they are more expensive than traditional solar panels paired with normal roofing shingles. Before installing solar shingles, make sure to consider their benefits and their costs.
Your home can be both energy-efficient and comfortable with these installations. If you are thinking about long-term investments to lower your energy costs, these are worthwhile considerations.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.