When you’re in the process of constructing an energy-efficient house in Minneapolis, there are many things you need to consider. Where is it located? What kinds of materials are being used? Are they being harvested locally or trucked across the country? But one of the most important questions you need to ask is: How do they perform with regulating temperature?
Temperature regulation is one of the biggest factors in determining how big your carbon footprint is and construction in Minneapolis, especially, needs to consider this. With the harsh winters we get up here and the wealth of natural life, we have to consider how much heat escapes the house and in what ways you can combat the problem. So here are some suggestions you should take up with your contractor about how you can more easily regulate the temperature of your home.
Make Changes to Your Roof
The biggest place where heat escapes the house is through the roof. Because heat rises rather than drops, a tremendous amount escapes from the attic. In addition, because cold air drops, you will find yourself a lot chillier in the cold months than you would be without a couple of key enhancements.
Use Wood Shingles.
Construction in Minneapolis has lately been using wood shingles in tremendous numbers again. This is because wood shingles are excellent at regulating heat and making sure it stays inside the house. This is due primarily to the shingle’s effects as a natural temperature regulator.
Install a Radiant Barrier.
Another enhancement you can make on the roof either during or after construction is installing a radiant barrier. On the surface, they just look like large sheets of tin foil. But radiant barriers are more than just this as they actually serve as permeable membranes for heat. They are literally able to trap heat on the inside during winter months and repelling heat during the summer.
Both of these roof enhancements will help you reduce your carbon footprint substantially and also drive down your energy expenses because your air conditioning system will not be working as hard.
Look at a Good HVAC Unit
That actually segues nicely into the other thing you can do to reduce your energy expenses: invest in a great HVAC unit.
Now, we are not exactly air conditioning specialists. We know how to build great houses. But according to this pamphlet from the Energy Star program, you will want to find a system that has a strong Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The SEER basically tells you how much energy the unit uses to operate at normal levels during seasonal extremes. What’s more, they also recommend you change the unit every fifteen years.
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So those are all the best ways you can more effectively regulate your home’s internal temperature and keep it from impacting the environment too much. If you want to know more about energy-efficient construction in Minneapolis, be sure to contact us and ask for more information.