Energy efficiency, sadly, is considered by many to be a buzzword. People pay lip service to it in the hopes of satisfying particularly outspoken, energy-conscious people, but an energy-efficient home can offer many benefits to a homeowner. Specifically, to that homeowner’s money.
By adding or replacing a home component, such as siding, with an energy-efficient option, you can trim a few dollars off your utility bills every month. This may sound trivial, but the savings quickly add up over the years.
In today’s post, Arrowhead Painting discusses how energy-efficient siding can benefit you and your wallet.
Central to the idea of energy-efficient siding is siding material’s inherent R-value. In technical terms, R-value measures a certain material’s resistance to heat conduction. This is similar to the difference between an oven mitt and a regular cloth when holding a hot pan—the oven mitt will generally have a higher R-value.
Residential and commercial painting companies report that newer and more energy-efficient siding materials have higher R-values. This is important when it comes to siding, as it can resist heat flow out of your home during the winter and into your home during the summer. It allows your air conditioner and heater, respectively, to run at a normal rate, instead of twice as hard, like it does when there’s a heat leak.
With all that said, you can see that worn-out siding presents a lot of opportunities for heat to escape (or infiltrate) your home. While this usually happens with old siding—such as that installed 10 or more years ago—siding can become ineffective far earlier due to physical damage or improper installation.
When your siding is in a state of disrepair, your HVAC costs may skyrocket. In this case, it’s best to just replace all of it instead of looking for a short-term fix.
Arrowhead Painting remains one of the area’s best-reviewed remodeling companies. Siding is merely one of the many things that we can do to your satisfaction. You can upgrade your siding today by calling us at (918) 743-9258.