Whether or not it is specifically green or eco-friendly, siding plays a significant role in your home’s energy efficiency. If you’ve noticed that the heating bill for fall and winter months has been increasing or spiking in the past two years, perhaps it’s time to shine the spotlight on the exterior of your home, particularly the siding.
Age: When siding is 20 plus years old, it might be time for an update. Even if it still looks like it’s in pretty good shape, what’s behind it might not be. If the type of weather proofing or sheathing that was used when the siding was first installed is no longer keeping out drafts and moisture, replace it with new housewrap and/or siding.
Material: Of all of the different types of siding material, vinyl is considered to have a greater insulating value than either wood siding or aluminum siding. Consider insulated siding, when making your home as energy efficient as possible. Insulated vinyl siding has been known to increase a home’s level of energy efficiency even when it wasn’t poor or low before being replaced.
Money: Bottom line, siding that is energy efficient saves you money. While it can cut the cost of high energy bills, well-maintained siding helps protect your home from costly repairs as a result of water damage or health risks due to mold and mildew.
Siding and energy efficiency isn’t just about keeping your home warm in winter. It is also about keeping the temperature inside consistent no matter what the season, while protecting the exterior from being compromised by climatic conditions.