It’s no surprise that the winter and summer are the times of the year in which your home uses the most energy. During the winter, your HVAC system is working hard to keep your home comfortably warm. However, energy usage bills can spike dramatically, particularly if your home isn’t utilizing the latest in energy efficiency technology. Energy efficient siding is one way you can reduce your home’s energy consumption during these peak seasons. Here are some of the basics of energy efficient siding for you to consider if you have been thinking about upgrading.
In the home construction and improvement world, we use a measure known as R-Value to measure the energy efficiency of given materials and home appliances such as refrigerators. The higher the R-Value, the more efficient that material is. Energy efficient siding materials are usually defined as materials that have an R-Value somewhere between 3 and 5 on the scale. For comparison’s sake, consider that some kinds of siding actually have a value as low as 0.11 on the scale!
Common Energy Efficient Siding Materials
Wood, vinyl, and aluminum are all commonly used for siding, but homeowners should pay close attention to what is actually being offered. By themselves, these materials don’t offer much in the way of energy efficiency. The key component here is the insulation that backs these materials. Insulated vinyl, steel and aluminum siding can achieve the kind of R-Value you need to notice a real difference in your energy bills.
There are also a number of other advantages to installing energy efficient siding outside of saving money on your utility bills. It can help your home gain Energy Star designation, which may help your household qualify for tax credits and incentives, depending on where you live. It also reduces the strain on your HVAC unit during the winter and summer seasons and helps increase its longevity. And if you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, energy efficient siding can also increase its resale value.
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