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    How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

    Custom Homes, Home Design | April 27, 2022

    When it comes to custom home building, elements such as the layout, materials, and unique features tend to be the primary concerns for most projects. While these elements are undeniably important, it is crucial to ensure that you are considering how to make your home as efficient as possible as this will save you money in the long run. To help you minimize energy costs over time without compromising comfort, the team at Northwest Construction has compiled some information outlining how to build an energy-efficient home.

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    3 Crucial Elements to Consider for an Efficient Home

    If you are looking to create an efficient home, be sure to consider the following elements:

    1. Heating and Cooling Systems

    Temperature control tends to account for a large portion of energy usage throughout the year. That is why it is important to invest in modern heating/cooling units, as they deliver enhanced performance with reduced energy consumption. This allows you to reduce costs while keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter. In addition to furnaces and central air conditioning units, ceiling fans can be a great method of heating and cooling individual rooms as needed. Most modern units can cool or heat a room by reversing the direction of the blades, allowing for low-cost temperature control in every area of your home.

    2. Light Systems and Appliances

    While it is impossible to avoid energy costs associated with lighting, it is possible to minimize them. Installing new energy-efficient bulbs and LED-based light fixtures in your home allows you to maximize visibility while reducing energy consumption throughout the year, saving you money while ensuring that your home looks and feels great at any time of the day. In addition to lighting, it is worth investing in modern ovens, refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers as they deliver enhanced performance while consuming less energy.

    3. Insulation, Doors, and Windows

    When it comes to temperature control, insulation is an element that should never be overlooked. Cheap insulation, poorly sealed doors, and thin windows can result in air leaks, causing your heating/cooling system to work harder than it needs to. High-quality insulation, doors, and windows will ensure that your home is less susceptible to exterior temperatures, allowing you to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home while using less energy.

    To learn more about energy-efficient custom home design or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Northwest Construction. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to help you make the home of your dreams a reality.