When it comes to energy efficiency, most homeowners are always looking for the latest gadget that promises to lower their energy use or make their home more green. And while products like energy efficient washers and dryers are can do that to an extent, the real answer to your energy troubles might be simpler than you’d think.
Insulation is the most practical and cost effective way to make your home more energy efficient. When compared to a house with no or poor insulation, homeowners in a properly insulated house spent nearly 40 percent less on their heating and cooling bill, all while keeping their home at the same temperature.
But there’s no one-size-fits-all method for insulating a house. To have your house properly insulated, you’ll need to tackle each area individually.
The attic. The attic is the most important part of your home in terms of insulation. The outer shell of your home is what prevents your cool air (or hot air in the winter) from escaping outside. The better insulated your attic is, the less money you’ll have to spend pumping in cool air.
Air ducts. Homes with central air and heating should have their ducts inspected for small cracks or gaps. Leaky ducts have been known to lower efficiency by as much as 20 percent, so make sure all of your air is going where it’s supposed to!
Air leaks. Even homes with the best insulation can suffer from air leaks due to cracked siding and ill fitting windows. Save on energy use by caulking and weather-stripping any holes you find.
Siding. Insulation doesn’t just belong inside your home anymore, it’s also important on the outside. Cracked and damaged siding not only makes your home more susceptible to weather damage, but it also leaves your house feeling drafty. Insulated vinyl and aluminum are great choices because they come with a layer of foam attached to them, which improves their R-value (how great a material’s insulating power is).
At JM Roofing and Siding, the siding we install will protect your home, save energy, enhance the value of your property, and last for years. Whether you’re looking to replace or update your siding, we’ve got your house covered! For more information, give us a call at 203-299-0716.