The only logical and reasonable way to make your home be energy efficient is to look at the house as one whole and indivisible unit. You might think that you will be able to reduce your energy bills by reinstalling and replacing the windows of your home with novelty top tech windows after the removal of your old window frames, but the reality is quite different.
Although your electrical consumption may be slightly reduced, the difference won’t be so drastic unless your home has a good insulation. The energy use of your home may be slightly lowered by the plugging of the air leaks in the windows, but it will not be as effective and resistant to the outdoor conditions without a proper insulation.
The importance of the insulation is in the maintenance of the constant temperature level in the home by isolation of the house against the outside weather conditions. This eventually leads to conservation of energy. The more the temperature in the home is influenced and exposed to the outdoor weather, the more energy is invested in trying to achieve the temperature set on the thermostat.
Some people ignore the cause of the problem and reset the temperature fixed on the thermostat. This will result in a lower energy use and decrease the energy bills, but it will also reduce the comfort in your home. You will find yourself covered in blankets during winter time and sweating in summer.
Instead of spending big amounts of money on energy bills or giving up the comfort of your home, it is better to focus on the insulation as the real problem. If you recognize you have a similar issue or a problem, you should consult an energy expert. He or she will estimate the energy inefficiency of your household and will recommend a suitable insulation for your home.
They might recommend using cellulose or a spray insulation. The insulation is mainly appraised with the R-value, which represents the extent of the ability to resist a heat flow. The R-value mostly depends on the location of your home and the length of time that has passed since your home has been built. The higher the R-value is, the bigger is the magnitude of the protection your home receives.
Houses that are located in colder climate require a higher R-value than those that are located in warmer weather conditions. This means that a house located in North Dakota where temperatures tend to get lower needs an insulation with higher R-value than the ones located in warmer cities such as Texas or Alabama.
Houses that have been built prior to the year 2000 should be reassessed for meeting with the newer and up to date insulation requirements and standards. With the rises in the prices of the energy sources, you should be concerned about removing the air leaks in your home. But if you manage to get a proper insulation for your home, your family will save a big amounts of money on energy bills each year.
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the half of the family’s energy budget is spent on expenses for heating or cooling of the home. This means that half of your money spent on energy bills can be saved with a proper insulation and without even reducing the comfort of your home. That is the reason why you should contact an energy expert today.