Most homeowners are open to learning about the best ways to make their homes more efficient. Topping the list is energy efficiency. While figuring out how to improve home energy use and reduce monthly energy costs, many homeowners learn that all they need to do to achieve this is a simple home improvement. For example, you can install new siding—replacing old siding can have a positive effect on your energy usage and reduce your energy costs, as well as improve your home’s aesthetics, resale value and curb appeal.
Something else to consider while replacing siding is the existing insulation. Whether the insulation material is old or lacking, this is a good time to improve the R-value of your home’s wall insulation. New siding plus excellent exterior wall insulation will put a noticeable dent in your home’s energy bills. Here’s how installing new siding in Calgary can help with energy costs.
How siding and insulation equals savings
It’s true—high-quality siding combined with quality insulation equals energy savings! Here’s how that works: insulation blocks the heat transfer between your home’s interior and exterior, and the siding is what protects the insulation from the elements. This helps the insulation last a long time and perform well. In the summer, siding reduces the heat load on your home by reflecting the sun’s UV rays. For better light reflection, make sure your siding is a lighter color. Ultimately, the combination of siding and insulation keeps the inside of your home a comfortable temperature so you can run your HVAC system less.
The best type of siding for energy savings
If there’s one thing you should know before replacing your home’s siding, it’s which type of siding material to use. Specifically, what is the best type of siding to install for insulation purposes in order to get the most energy savings? That would be either stucco or vinyl. Both of these materials have a foam backing that seals, making them energy efficient. Stucco has advanced to keep warm air inside in the winter and cool air inside in the summer. Vinyl siding material is considered the best overall choice for energy saving purposes, along with other benefits that include easy installation and very little maintenance required.
The worst type of siding for energy savings
In regards to energy savings, you should stay away from fiber cement, aluminum and stone siding materials. These are considered the worst types of siding if you are trying to save energy. They are inexpensive, but you definitely get what you pay for. They also don’t hold insulation materials very well and will fail to protect your home as effectively from the elements. They are also harder to maintain, which is another reason why they’re said to be the worst types of siding for energy savings.
Residential siding in Calgary can enhance the look of your home, while at the same time lowering your monthly energy costs. Just be sure to choose the right type of siding and combine it with the right wall insulation. Call Rhino Exteriors to get started today!