The role of siding in energy efficiency
The approaching winter season and recent hurricane have left much of the Mid Atlantic with colder weather. Low temperatures mean that it is officially time to break out the winter coats and clothing, and it also means that homeowners will be closing the windows and turning on their heating systems.
If your heater is constantly running, and your home still is not as comfortable as you would like it to be, you have probably experienced two emotions: frustration that your heater is not working properly, and dread when you receive your gas and electric bill.
While it’s possible that your heating system is to blame, it is more likely that there is an energy efficiency problem with your home. Roofing, windows and doors are all possible culprits, but what many people fail to realize is that siding is just as important when it comes to energy efficiency and maintaining the proper temperature in your home.
As the barrier between the exterior of your home and the walls that comprise the structure of your home, many people may not realize that siding’s function extends beyond simple aesthetics. True, appearance is important, but quality siding will not only look great, and have a smooth, seamless look, it will also insulate your home against exterior weather, such as freezing temperatures and rain or snow, as well as outdoor sounds. The same effects are true in warmer weather, as efficient siding will insulate your home against the hot summer sun, meaning that your cooling costs will decrease as well.
The particular siding systems used by Homefix Corporation are vinyl, which has a greater insulating value than other materials, such as wood or aluminum. Similar to efficient roofing systems, insulation must be balanced with proper ventilation, which allows moisture to escape, inhibiting the growth of mold and mildew.
Samantha J. Majka writes for HomeFix Corporation, an exterior home improvement contractor that has served Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC since 1990. She also writes for HomeFix's company blogs and websites.
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