Create a completely cost and energy-efficient home with these materials:
High-Performance Glazing Windows: Energy-efficient windows reduce heating and cooling costs. Low-emissivity (low-e) coatings reflect winter warmth into the building and deflect some of summer’s sunlight. Insulated glass units, with a gas such as argon instead of air trapped between the panes, compound the savings. Install high-performance glazing at home to save on energy costs. If replacing older windows is not an option, make sure windows are draft-free and in good repair, and use window coverings to block summer sunlight.
Natural Ventilation: Skylight vents, motorized windows and standard windows ensure fresh air flows directly into the building from outdoors when desired. This uses less energy than mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and keeps building occupants comfortable. Open windows in the morning and evening to naturally cool your home. Use fans to pull out warmer indoor air and replace it with cooler outdoor air. You’ll use much less electricity than you would with air conditioning.
Composite Wood Products: Oriented strand board (OSB) is made of small strands of wood bound together with resins under intense pressure and heat. Consider using OSB instead of plywood for your next home improvement project. For many applications, OSB performs as well as plywood and is less expensive.
Spray foam insulation: Spray foam can reach into small nooks and crevices, expanding immediately into spaces where traditional insulation can’t. It’s thickness effectively seals off the climate controlled indoors to the harsh summer heat. Spray foam creates an air-impermeable membrane that prevents air flow, keeping your home or office cool. It can be applied anywhere from brick to wood, block, concrete, or metal. Lastly, spray foam can help you save up to 50% on your monthly energy bill.
For more information on how we can help keep your home energy efficient, contact us at 281-661-3632.