Madison
64° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Advertisement

Insulated siding can keep your heat, air conditioning inside your home

Published On: Feb 26 2014 02:54:08 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 13 2014 12:33:15 PM CDT
Neighbors, houses, homes iStock

These 10 cities have the most affordable home prices in the nation based on price, median income and mortgage rates, according to the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo.

(NewsUSA) - If you were hit by the "polar vortex" that brought subzero temperatures to more than half of the continental U.S., it was a good reminder that the best way to stay warm was to dress in layers.

The same is true for houses. Today's homeowners looking for ways to improve their home's energy performance are increasingly choosing insulated siding -- vinyl siding with rigid foam insulation that is laminated or permanently attached to the panel. Think of it as adding an extra layer to ward off the cold.

Most exterior walls have insulation in between the wall studs but allow significant energy loss through the studs themselves, which are poor insulators. This is called "thermal bridging." Insulated siding improves energy efficiency by reducing thermal bridging. Like a blanket, it is continuous insulation over the studs, which helps homes stay warm in winter and cool in summer.

In a recent study of five homes retrofitted with insulated siding, researcher Newport Ventures found an average improvement in air tightness of 11 percent, an average energy savings of 5.5 percent, and an improvement of 2.0 to 8.0 points in the homes' Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index, the nationally recognized scoring system for measuring a home's energy performance.

Designed to reach higher levels of rigidity, stability and thermal resistance -- "R-value" -- insulated siding is subject to an array of regulations, standards and third-party quality assurance tests that determine how it is manufactured and marketed. Due to that rigor, a number of building and energy-efficiency programs have recognized that insulated siding qualifies as home insulation. In addition, it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a building product that can help qualify homes under the Energy Star Qualified Homes Program.

Advertisement
  • Lindsay Lohan in court new

    David McNew/Reuters

    Worst celebrity drivers

    NBA star Dwight Howard's Florida driver's license has been suspended after he failed to pay a ticket for running a red light, Reuters reported. In turns out Howard was ticketed an astonishing 10 times for running red lights in the Orlando area, and received four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one citation for failing to change his address on his driver's license. Take a look at the worst celebrity drivers.

  • California fires night firefighters

    Noah Berger/Reuters

    Wildfires rage out of control in California

    Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by wildfires raging out of control in drought-stricken California. Thousands more are threatened.

  • Scotland independence crowd

    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

    Celebs react to Scotland's independence vote

    Scots head to the polls today to vote on the future of their country. The outcome could end Scotland's 307-year union with England and Wales as Great Britain -- and see it launch into the world as an independent nation of some 5.3 million people. Take a look at celebrity (both Scottish and not) reactions to the referendum.

Advertisement