Having a “high-performance” home sounds like something any homeowner would want–but what does it really mean? Today, Universal Roofing & Exteriors, a top local roof and siding contractor, explains what makes a home high performance and how you can achieve this goal in your own home.
The building envelope refers to the continuous barrier built around, under and above your living space. Water is less likely to penetrate walls with a tighter building envelope. A properly sealed building envelope can also reduce the risk of pest infestation, mitigate radon and carbon monoxide and improve a home’s protection against wet, humid, and cold conditions.
Programmable thermostats let you manage your home’s temperature through the course of a week to make the most of your comfort while minimizing energy loss. Homes with this feature are more consistently comfortable than homes with manually controlled thermostats.
Cool roofs are made from reflective materials that reflect the sun’s heat away from your home, making your interior more comfortable, especially during warmer months. These roofing systems can also help reduce the urban heat island effect.
High-quality modern windows are very energy-efficient. The right windows can help lower your energy bills by preventing cooled (in the summer) or heated (in the winter) indoor air from escaping your home. The development of low-emissivity (low-E) glass was one of the most significant improvements in window technology. The low-E glass features a very thin, transparent coating that blocks ultraviolet rays and reflects solar radiation away from your house.
Smart Lighting Strategies
Skylights can boost your home’s aesthetic appeal and reduce your reliance on artificial lighting, lowering your energy costs. They can be strategically installed in dark rooms, halls, and entryways to help minimize your carbon footprint.
At Universal Roofing & Exteriors, we are your leading provider of high-quality roofing, window, door, and siding installation services. Call us at (317) 257-0779 or complete our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We work with homeowners in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.