Energy Efficient Siding Options
Summer and winter temperatures account for the vast majority of your home’s energy usage. Maximizing your home’s energy efficiency is key to reducing your energy bills. If you are ready to reduce your energy usage, consider energy efficient siding options.
R Value and Siding
R-Value measures the energy efficiency of building materials and appliances. A higher R-Value means greater energy efficiency. Some forms of siding have R-Value scores as high as 3 to 5; however, most forms of siding score below 1. Some types of siding score as low as 0.11 in energy efficiency.
Energy Efficient Insulated Siding
Insulated vinyl, steel, and aluminum siding can be more 5 times as energy efficient as common types of siding. With R-Value scores from 2.5 to over 5 (or more), installing insulated siding can help your home qualify for the Energy Star designation. Additionally, vinyl, aluminum, and steel siding are durable and require little maintenance. You can expect insulated vinyl siding to last thirty years or longer.
If you are replacing your old siding with high efficiency, insulated siding, consider also wrapping your home with thicker, rigid exterior insulation. Combined with spray foam, interior insulation, these measures will result in a considerable reduction in energy usage and an almost guaranteed drop in your energy costs.
Additional Benefits of Energy Efficient Siding
If you choose to install energy efficient siding to help reduce your home’s overall energy usage and lower your energy bills, it is possible to recover the cost of energy efficient improvements in only a few years.
Here are some additional benefits of installing insulated vinyl, aluminum, and steel siding:
- Help your home qualify for the Energy Star designation. An Energy Star home qualifies for a number of tax credits and incentives from electric companies in the Raleigh area.
- Increase your HVAC system’s lifespan. Sealing your home’s envelope will reduce the strain on your HVAC system during hot summer and cold winter temperatures.
- Reduce the risk of mold developing in your home. The tighter your home, the less likely you are to experience high levels of moisture and the subsequent development of mold.
- Increase the value of your home. Increasing the energy efficiency of your home raises your home’s resale value.
If you have questions about energy efficient siding, and whether insulated vinyl, aluminum, or steel siding is worth it for you, contact us.