We get a lot of questions from our customers about energy-efficient custom homes. And the truth is that building a custom home to be energy-efficient seems to be the way to go these days. We know what you’re thinking, “energy-efficient home upgrades are always more expensive than regular options.” Although that’s partly true, renovating your house to be eco-friendly is a long-term investment. So, yes, you might be spending more money on upgrades, labour, and materials. But the return on your investment is worth it.
And on the plus side, you’re not just reducing your hydro bills. You’re also helping the planet. Win-win for everyone!
Browsing Energy-Efficient Custom Homes? Consider this!
Although some options are obvious, a lot of Canadian homeowners aren’t aware of the steps they can take to save energy. Take a look at the following.
1. Custom Home Heating System
Living in a country that typically sees more cold months than warm ones throughout the year, a good in-home heating system is essential for survival. While there are several warming options available to homeowners, the two most common forms of household heating are forced air heating and radiant heating.
We have narrowed down the advantages and disadvantages of both types of heating. Continue reading to find out how upgrading your heating system can save energy in your home.
What Is Forced Air Heating?
Forced air heating is the method of warming a room by blowing heated air directly into the area. In most homes, a furnace and duct system are used to blow the heated air through strategically placed floor or ceiling vents. Forced air heaters can also come in the form of wall-mounted and baseboard heating units.
What Is Radiant Heating?
Radiant heating methods use coils, panels, or pipes to radiate heat throughout a room. Heating panels are commonly installed in floors, walls, and ceilings. There are two types of radiant heating systems: Electric and Hydronic.
If you’re renovating your property or building a custom home, it might be difficult to choose the right type of heating system. It’s good to know about the benefits and drawbacks of each system regardless. However, to avoid long-term damage, contact a professional to determine the most suitable heat system for your house.
2. Green Custom Home Windows
When it comes to window upgrades, the options are truly endless! You can update your existing windows to reduce energy consumption and improve their efficiency. You can also completely replace your older windows and install ones that are energy-efficient from the get-go.
Make Your Existing Windows Energy-Efficient
According to the US Department of Energy, there are many changes you can make to your current windows to save energy.
- Check your windows for air leaks
- Use weatherstripping tools such as caulking and sealing the window frames
- Add panels and storm windows
- Install a solar control film
It goes without saying that making the most out of window upgrades requires proper installation. So make sure you hire an expert window specialist to install them for you.
Installing Custom Windows for Energy Savings
If your existing windows aren’t doing it anymore, installing new windows is the solution. For the specific purpose of making your windows energy-efficient, consider this:
- The window frame type
- The type of window glazing
- Gas fills and spacers
- The way the window operates
In addition to these features, look for windows that are energy-efficient certified. For example, an ENERGY STAR label attests that a window complies with energy-saving guidelines.
Window Materials for Saving Energy
When it comes to materials, there are many things to consider. First, you have to think about the window frames. Then, you have the window panes. For the most part, the most efficient window materials are:
These materials used in windows are also fortified with insulating and weatherstripping technologies, such as foam, caulking, and silicone sealants.
With all these factors in mind, you should be able to choose the best type of window for energy savings. If you’re unclear about your best choice of window, reach out to a professional.
FAQ about Energy-Efficient Custom Homes
- Why is window condensation bad?
Condensation on windows isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s simply buildup from fluctuations in temperature that usually occurs when the inside of the house is warmer than the outside.
- How much money can I save on energy-efficient upgrades?
With proper installation, you can save up to $200 per year in your hydro bills. Needless to say, you make your home a lot more comfortable and your heating system a lot more efficient.
- What is a home energy score?
A home energy score measures how much energy a house consumes and gives insight on energy-related costs. It also provides recommendations on how to make your home more energy-efficient.
Curious about Energy-Efficient Custom Homes?
You’re on the right track! Enjoy the benefits of an energy-efficient home and start your renovation towards a more environmentally-conscious living. Small upgrades can make big differences. And the benefits aren’t restricted to your comfort and energy costs. You’re helping the environment by making simple changes in your property. It’s worth considering!