As many homes continue to go green we must also find ways to conserve energy use in the home. Even as we install renewable energy sources like solar panels, the impact on the environment will only be positive if we utilize energy efficiently. One of the great ways to save energy especially during the cold winter season is to improve the insulation in all the rooms in the house. Proper insulation will prevent the loss of heat through the roof, walls, duct or attic. Good insulation will keep the house warm during the cold season by trapping warm and keep the house cool during the summer by locking in cold air. This will help save the energy used for heating the house during winter and cooling the house during summer. This will make your house greener and more efficient saving you huge energy bills.
Insulation for Attics, floors, and walls
The only barrier for your house against the outside climate is the outer shell made of the walls, roof, floors and the attic. With that in mind, it makes good sense to have proper insulation for the attic, floor, and walls to keep the climate outside from getting inside. Therefore, you use less energy to heat up or cool the house when there is proper insulation. Roof insulation keeps the warm from escaping since hot air rises keeping your house warm during winter and reducing dependence energy-consuming heating systems.
Seal Air Gaps
Although you may invest in good insulation your energy bills may still be high as a result of air gaps found in doors, windows, electrical wiring and plumbing spaces etc. These gaps may allow cold air to find its way into the house making your heating systems consume even more energy. Therefore, you must prevent loss of energy through weather stripping and caulking both windows and doors. Tight insulation may not be practically possible old houses but after sealing all major leaks the ventilation will provide enough fresh air.
Insulation of Ducts
The air conditioning or heating systems for most houses are normally centrally located and rely on a system of ducts to circulate air. However, if ducts are not well insulated they may leak significantly lowering the efficiency of your heating or air conditioning system. Therefore, to conserve energy you must ensure that all the ducts in your house are well sealed and insulated to allow the cool or warm air reach all the intended rooms. Ducts going through the basement or attic are the most critical and must be properly insulated. Check the registers on the floor or walls and ensure they are properly sealed to prevent air from leaking.
Insulating using Reflective Material
A majority house insulation techniques prevent the transfer of heat through physical barriers. On the other hand, reflective materials act as radiant barriers reflecting radiated heat most from the roof in the attic. When the heat from the roof is reflected the house remains cool and less energy is used in air conditioning. The reflective materials also prevent heat energy from escaping keeping the house warm.
According to Granitestone Renovations remodeling your home for better insulation is one of the effective ways to save energy and go green.