Top 6 Ways to Ensure your Home’s Thermal Performance.

So here we are, April Vegas and its already 90 degrees!  Ironically, my sister called me from Montana just last night to tell me it was snowing at her home.  This got me thinking that no matter what time of year it is thermal performance in a home is a crucial energy savings issue regardless of where the home is.  Additionally, with Earth Day just behind us, now would be an ideal time for you to improve your building envelop to improve thermal comfort, indoor air quality, moisture management and energy efficiency.  The fact is that no matter how old the home, seals can break and tightness can loosen.  It’s easy for us to forget some basic things that we can do to improve energy efficiency in our homes.

Below are the top 6 methods I’ve found to ensure your home’s thermal performance stays optimized Summer through winter.

  1. Install Thermally Broken Windows and Doors – In areas that get very hot or very cold, if you have sliding or folding glass doors in your home this can be a costly energy loss depending on the kind of door you have. Panda Windows & Doors offers thermally broken door systems and windows in every style of door that we manufacture.  Thermally broken door and window systems refer to how the door or window is constructed. More precisely, it is manufacturing the aluminum frame door or window with a barrier in between the inside and outside window frames that will prevent the conductive thermal energy loss.  This type of door or window is the best way to keep the weather outside and the temperature inside the home away from each other.  It is also the best way to keep a large portion of money in your pocket when it comes to your energy bill.
  2. Improve your attic performance – Before it gets too hot to venture up into your attic, take the time to go up there and seal the holes in the attic floor. Pull back insulation over recessed lights and over interior walls to look for holes. Use a water-based expanding foam to seal up all the holes and then push back the insulation.  Finally, check any exposed ductwork to ensure all joints are well sealed.  Then, after making sure the attic ventilation is not blocked at the soffits, add more insulation to the attic floor.  Cover all exposed floor joints and any exposed ductwork you can.  To complete the job, insulate and gasket the access door or panel to the attic.
  3. Replace any major equipment or appliances – If your appliances are more than 20 years old you could be losing a lot of money as the newer models have new technology that allows them to use up to 50% less energy than their grandfathers did.  A new furnace or water heater will not only use less energy, it will most likely also improve your indoor air quality (new high efficiency equipment is direct vent with dedicated make-up air so less indoor air pollution!)
  4. Replace your old light bulbs – If you still have the old standard bulbs the good news is that today we have LED light bulbs and the price has come down so much that they are in most cases cheaper than the incandescent old light bulbs. You will end up saving a lot of money especially where you are using high intensity spot lights or other outdoor lighting.
  5. Always us a ceiling fan when running your air conditioning – You’ve heard of “wind chill factor” – well you can create that in your home even during the warmer months if you run a ceiling fan. The fact is that air moving across our skin makes us feel cooler and allows us to set the temperature on the AC a little higher saving energy.  That is why they say; “It is 25 degrees but with the wind, it feels like 25 below”
  6. Use outdoor shading as opposed to interior blinds for sun control – It is common sense that whatever you put in between the sun and you will get hot. Understanding that, it makes sense to put that barrier on the outside of your home rather than the inside.  While blinds and curtains can block light, they don’t block heat and when they get warm it transfers directly to the interior of your home making your AC work even harder.  An outdoor awning or patio cover will go a long way to keeping your home cooler in the hot days of the summer.

Thermally Broken Door in WinterIf you would like to further discuss how using Panda Windows and Doors can save energy in your home or on a project you are currently developing you can call us ((702) 643-5700), chat with us online, fill out our online contact form or see us live Thursday April 27th – Saturday April 29th during the AIA 2017 Conference on Architecture at the Orange County Convention Center (Booth #4011).

No matter how you contact us we are looking forward to hearing about your project and how Panda Windows & Doors can help you to make your home more comfortable and your views more enjoyable.