2 Features To Look For In An Energy-Efficient Home

Posted on: 8 September 2016

Shopping for a new home is a great experience, but it can also be a bit frustrating if you are looking for a home that is energy-efficient as many homes are not really built with energy efficiency in mind. However, there are a few features to look for when buying a new home that can contribute to an energy-efficient home that will benefit both your bank account and the environment, such as the two listed below.

Copper Roof 

One energy-efficient feature to look for in a new home is a copper roof. A copper roof can make any home quite a bit more energy-efficient due to the fact that the metallic surface of the roofing tiles will reflect sunlight away from your home. With other roofing materials, the sunlight is absorbed by your roof and leads to the temperature within your home going up.

However, since copper is reflecting that light away, your home will be a few degrees cooler without you needing to turn on your air conditioner. This leads to lower cooling bills and energy use as you will be able to limit your air conditioner use as it won't take as long to cool the house.

Vaulted Ceilings

Vaulted ceilings are one of those home features that many people look for when shopping for a new house because of the aesthetic appeal, but vaulted ceilings can also contribute to the energy-efficiency of your home. The primary reason for this is that the vaulted ceilings allow for the hot air in your home to rise naturally to the top of the room. This is very useful as that puts the hot air into a space that is too high up for your family to feel it directly.

While buying a house with vaulted ceilings will not keep your home perfectly cool, it will serve to make you quite a bit more comfortable even without your air conditioner turned on. In addition, when your air conditioner turns on, the hot air will remain near the ceiling while the cool air will drop into the areas where you and your family are relaxing. As a result, you will be able to feel the effects of your air conditioner more directly and it will be more effective, which means that if you buy a house with vaulted ceilings you will be able to cut back on the amount of time that your air conditioner is on, which will save you a lot of money in the summer.

Contact a real estate agent to begin the search for your energy-efficient home today. Some of the best and often overlooked features to look for when shopping for an energy-efficient home include copper roofing and vaulted ceilings.


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