A high-performance home is composed of several aspects that complement each other to ensure energy efficiency and a superior living environment. From your windows to your roofing, different parts of your home can be essential to making it a high-performance home.
Here are three key features that ensure a high-performance home.
Alternative HVAC Systems
Thanks to new technologies, you can opt for alternatively sourced HVAC units that can provide higher levels of efficiency and comfort than their traditional counterparts. For instance, instead of the traditional gas or electric furnaces, you can go with air-sourced heat pumps or geothermal heat pumps.
Nowadays, replacement windows are commonly made with high energy efficiency. This enables them to keep conditioned air inside and help in reducing utility costs. Low-emissivity (low-E) windows specifically are designed with a layer of metal that blocks ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and reflects solar radiation from your home. This typically results in a reduced amount of heat entering your home, which then creates a more comfortable interior and lowers your energy bills.
Your choice of roofing material can have an effect on the durability, comfort and energy efficiency of your home. While asphalt shingles are a popular choice for various types of homes, don’t forget that your home has specific needs, too. Depending on the climate in your region, your roof should be able to manage rain, ice, snow and heat well. Cool roofs, which are often white or light-colored, are made from reflective materials, enabling them to keep solar radiation away from your home. They’re usually more versatile than dark-colored roofs, which tend to absorb a significant amount of heat during the summer.
Illinois Energy Windows & Siding, Inc. has been in business since 1993. Trusted by local homeowners, we can assure you of high-quality windows for your home. Call us at (866) 629-9880, or fill out our contact form to request a quote. We serve customers in Glencoe, Darien and Highland Park.