The Energy Efficient Home
A Guide to Building Envelope
If you live in a cold climate, you probably spend approximately one half of your energy dollars on heating. You old
furnace or boiler chugs away burning gas or oil like there's no tomorrow. So should you rush right out and buy a
new super-efficient one? Not necessarily.
Replacing your existing heating system with one that's more efficient may well be a wise step, but it shouldn't
necessarily be your first step. You should first try to lower your heating requirements. Tighten up your building
envelope. This can be done by adding loose-fill cellulose
insulation to your attic, caulking holes and cracks, possibly adding cellulose insulation in your walls,
caulking around windows and doors, and installing foam receptacle covers. By reducing your heating needs, can
increase comfort and you may be able to get by with a significantly smaller, and less expensive, furnace, boiler,
heat pump, or geothermal heat pump. Doing so can drastically reduce energy costs and winterize your
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The same arguments hold true with air conditioning. If you live in a warm climate with high cooling requirements,
it makes a lot of sense to tighten up the house to reduce your cooling load before investing in a new air
conditioning system. When researching a new air conditioning system it's always smart to investigate using a
geothermal heat pump, also known as a ground source heat pump.
A tight, well-insulated building envelope saves energy and allows you to get by with smaller-capacity heating and
air conditioning systems, and it is also more comfortable, with smaller temperature swings. No more cold drafts at
your feet while temperatures at head level are a sweaty 80 degrees F. With less of this temperature stratification
during the winter months, you'll even find yourself comfortable at a lower thermostat setting than you're used
Continue reading to find measures you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your house, and when it makes
sense to consider such projects.
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