Be Sure to Think About Your HVAC Unit When Building a Home

HVAC building materialsMaking informed choices about HVAC building materials when constructing a new home pays off for decades afterward. While existing homes can certainly be refurbished to integrate more energy-efficient material, building these advantages into the structure at the time of construction is more cost-effective and easier. Discuss the potential possibilities of HVAC building materials with your architect or builder. In the meantime, here are some suggested options:

  • Cool roofing shingles. “Cool” in both senses of the word, these shingles are manufactured with special granules that reflect sunlight. This lowers temperatures inside the attic, which in turn cuts heat transfer into the rooms below and reduces cooling costs as well as wear and tear on the central air conditioner. Some studies show that cool roofing shingles reduce cooling costs by 7% to 15%.
  • Radiant barrier sheathing (RBS). You’ll never get a better chance to install RBS than during construction. These wooden roof panels are coated with a layer of aluminum foil that provides effective solar radiant-heat resistance. Up to 97% of the sun’s heat energy may be rejected, keeping the attic cooler and lowering indoor temperatures and air conditioning costs. Exterior wall-sheathing panels are also available with radiant-barrier coating.
  • Spray foam insulation. While the house is under construction, spraying foam insulation on the underside of the roof and on the attic floor — and also inside exterior-wall cavities — can be performed more cost-efficiently. Spray foam has a much higher heat-resistance rating than either fiberglass or cellulose loose-fill and also forms a permanent  barrier to seal air leakage.
  • Crawl space enclosure. Installing a fully sealed vapor barrier on the crawl space floor and walls, then foam-board insulation to the underside of the subfloor as well, effectively encapsulates the crawl space. An enclosed crawl space reduces heat loss, humidity infiltration into the house, and removes the space as a potential source of tainted indoor air quality and mold.

Ask the experts at Paitson Bros. for more advice about efficient HVAC building materials for your new home. We’ve been the Wabash Valley’s choice for indoor comfort and efficiency since 1922.

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