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Energy Efficiency and Your Home

Want to know the benefits of energy efficiency in the home? Or how you can make your home more energy efficient? We have the whole process to start your green remodeling – whether you want to tackle this as a DIY project, or hire one of our professional installers. First, we have to know how insulation works in the home.

How Does Insulation Work?

Insulate can be defined as “To prevent the passage of heat, electricity, or sound into or out of, especially by surrounding with a non-conducting material.” This means that insulation will contribute to an energy efficient home by preventing heat flow. A well insulated home will enhance energy efficiency, lower heating and cooling costs, and best of all – increase overall comfort.

Heat always flows from warmer to cooler until the temperature is consistent. So in reality, heat will flow directly from your heated rooms to unheated spaces, such as garages, basements, and attics. If there is a difference in temperature from one space to another, heat can flow indirectly through walls, floors, and ceilings. In the same sense, during cooling months, heat will flow from the outdoors to your interior living space.

Spray foam insulation and improving energy efficiency If you want to stay comfortable year-round, the heat lost in the winter will have to be replaced and the heat produced in the summer must be eliminated. Properly insulating your home will provide heat resistance by your heating and cooling system.

What Insulation Means To You

Since we’re on the topic of saving money, adding extra insulation in your new home is much more cost-effective than installing insulation after completion of the new home. During the construction process, many of the insulation areas are enclosed. It will be more costly and difficult to add insulation to these areas after completion of the home. Carter Lumber will guide you through steps on home improvement projects that will enhance your home’s energy efficiency.

The image to the right shows spray foam insulation filling the areas in the walls of this energy-efficient home.

How To Start Your Green Remodeling

Most people start with sealing air leaks and adding insulation, as it’s the most cost-effective way to increase overall comfort. You can stop drafts by sealing air leaks throughout, and adding insulation will replace the heat loss during winter months and eliminate the heat produced in the summer.

Other easy steps below can increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Remember, making smart decisions about your home’s heating and cooling system can make a big impact on your utility bills.

  • Use duct sealant on heating and cooling ducts, then wrap them in insulation.
  • Programmable thermostats can be convenient if you tend to forget to manually change the settings on your current thermostat.
  • Change your air filter at least every 3 months, and maybe more often during peak months.
  • Maintain and tune up your HVAC equipment once a year.
  • Replace your windows and doors with qualified products.

All these tips will help you get the best performance out of your heating and cooling system, lower utility bills, increase comfort, and keep your home energy efficient. Proper insulation can help reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 30%.

Find Out More With Your Energy Efficiency Project

Carter Lumber can help you throughout the whole process. Contact your local store today to get started. One of our trained professionals will help you with your green remodeling today.

You can also get a quick estimate on your next insulation project. Our calculator is easy to use, and give you a customized estimate on your project.

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