Building a new home allows you to customize every feature of the home if you want, and you can save a lot of money letting your home builder know you want an efficient home. As you start to talk about the details of the house, tell your building contractor you want to include the following things.
Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater can work more than 30 percent more efficiently than a tank water heater that takes up a lot of space. This water heater will give you hot water whenever you need it, and you won't run out. You can also easily have more than one tankless water heater in different areas of the house, and they are so small they can be installed inside of cabinets.
Geothermal Heat Pump
A geothermal heat pump can be installed to assist your heater and air conditioner with heating the home, to help conserve energy and to extend the life of your appliances. The unit uses the heat from the ground in the winter to help bring warm air into the home, and it pulls moisture and heat out of the home in the summer. If temperatures in your area don't get very high in the summer, and you don't get freezing temperatures in the winter, this unit may be able to work without the help of heaters or air conditioners.
Cool Roofing Materials
Cool roofing materials like metal and tile are robust and efficient. These materials are going to reflect the sun rays that beat on the home all day to prevent the home from absorbing heat, and to keep the house temperature comfortable naturally during the summer. Metal and tile roofs can also each last for 80 years or longer on your home.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation expands to fill all cracks and gaps throughout the walls, and is going to protect your home from air loss to improve heating and cooling efficiency. It's also going to help prevent moisture from accumulating in between the walls, and it will help prevent pests from getting inside your home. This insulation also absorbs sound, to keep your home quieter.
If you are ready to build a home make sure that you talk with a building contractor, from a company like Mid-States Construction Inc., about these different options to help make your home more efficient. You also want to use EnergyStar approved appliances in the home to make sure that you a conserving energy and saving money daily.