If you’ve ever lived in an older house, you might have experienced the reality that a structure being drafty is a lot more of a problem than you might think. In addition to leaving you and your family cold in the winter and hot in the summer, a temperature leaking house can drive up your electricity and gas bills.
That difference in the billing can be as much as 50% more if your house is old or poorly insulated. Numbers like that make it clear that as you’re planning to custom build your own luxury home, making sure it’s insulated is a crucial step to making sure both you and your budget stay comfortable.
If you’re planning out your home build, here are a few steps to walk through with your builder to make sure the house is properly insulated.
Plan Your Structure
Before the ground is even broken on the site for your new home, you’ll want to plan ahead with your architect to ensure that your house frame is planned to accommodate good insulating practice. Plan spaces for duct work. Leave rooms in attics and crawl spaces for insulation to be added, and leave room for vent installation.
The structure material of your house will impact how much insulation you need, and of which type. Metal frames conduct heat more easily than wood frames. You’ll want to talk with your architect about the best options for you and your home.
Choose Your Insulation Type
Not all types of insulation are created equal. Batts and blankets of insulation are commonly installed in sheets between house framing and the drywall. These batts can be made of fiberglass, rockwool or cotton. You can use these blankets in long spaces like walls, or to wrap around ducts.
For spaces where you need to get into the nooks and crannies, consider loose fill insulation. Usually coming in fiberglass or cellulose materials, loose fill insulation comes in fibrous strands. Because of its flexibility, it is often used in ceilings.
Versatile polyurethane spray foam insulation has become increasingly popular. Because it expands after it is sprayed, it’s easy to make space airtight with this insulation. Any excess can be trimmed away for neat edges.
Finish Windows and Doors
Once most of your house is built, one of the finishing touches will be caulking window and door frames where needed to ensure that they are airtight. Because windows and doors are one of the biggest potential places heat and cool air escape through, a little effort can go a long way.
Caulking is easy to touch up over the years as needed, requiring a simple caulking gun for application. For doors struggling with a draft, you might also consider installing a weatherstrip to ensure that it seals and keeps the cold out.
Are you ready to get started on your own checklist for building a home that’s comfortable year round? Talk to us to get started!