What an Energy-Efficient Home Exterior Can Do for Your Health, Home, and Pocketbook
“Energy efficiency” is the new buzz-term in the home exterior industry, and for good reason. Who wouldn’t want to do our planet a favor, reduce their carbon footprint, and make the world a little greener? And if doing all that can give your home a fresh new look, well—then all the better!
But going green with your roofing, siding, and replacement windows does more than help the planet. It’s got quite a few secondary benefits, though perhaps they won’t seem so secondary once we’ve discussed them in detail below.
An Energy-Efficient Exterior Can Keep You Healthier
It’d seem a little counterintuitive at first, but what’s on the outside of your home directly affects how you feel on the inside—thanks to its direct relationship with your HVAC system, and your HVAC’s relationship with your health.
Homes that aren’t energy efficient make your furnace and air conditioner work harder to keep the interior climate steady. Under these conditions, air quality problems can quickly emerge and become too much for the system to handle, enabling them to spiral out of control and negatively impact your wellbeing.
Luckily, opting for an energy-efficient home neatly soles the issue. According to the IEA, “Energy efficiency measures can support good physical and mental health primarily by creating healthy indoor living environments with healthy air temperatures, humidity levels… and improved air quality.”
An Energy-Efficient Exterior Saves you Money
Less energy used equals lower fuel bills. It’s that simple. For instance, according to ENERGY STAR, “Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide.”
The savings are especially pertinent to households in colder climates like Iowa, wherein it’s a significant investment to heat one’s home every winter.
An Energy-Efficient Exterior Stabilizes Your Home’s Climate
As we detailed above, this has repercussions for your wellbeing—but it also can impact your home’s longevity, too. For instance, certain interior aspects, like hardwood flooring, are vulnerable when the humidity decides to swing. When your home is energy efficient, though, what’s inside is less affected by the outdoor weather, which can prolong the working years of a variety of household items and structures.
Haggerty Windows & Siding: Your One-Stop Shop for Energy-Efficient Home Renovations
From replacement windows to siding services, we offer everything you need to thoroughly upgrade your home. To learn more about your opportunities with us, reach our Urbandale office today at 515-953-6999.