New technologies for energy-efficient two storey housesMonday, January 20, 2014 by: Greener Ideal
There’s a reason two-storey houses are some of the most popular. They possess a lot of advantages over bungalows, and are often far easier to build and cheaper than homes with even more floors. For an average home owner, a two-storied home has just the right balance of interior space, physical appearance, energy efficiency, customisability, and resale value. If you have a big family, a two-storied home makes perfect sense, since it offers the space for a family to grow into.
Since saving the environment is a hot topic these days, homeowners are looking at ways to make their homes energy-efficient. While insulating the home, glazing the windows, and using more efficient appliances are standard methods to control energy expenditure, modern technology has brought in new and advanced methods along with it. Some of them are explained in the paragraphs below.
Occupancy sensors can perform a variety of tasks when they detect the presence of someone in the home. The main use is regulating lights and air-conditioning or heat when someone enters a room. Using infrared signals to detect motion, they can turn lights on when somebody enters, as well as setting the correct temperature. This can be great for reducing bills, especially if your family tends to be forgetful or neglectful of turning things off.
The other use of such sensors is security-based. Upon leaving, the occupant can turn the sensor on and if detects unexpected movement of any kind it can sound an alarm, send a notification to the house owner, or even notify the authorities. This system has proven very effective as both a deterrent and alarm system.
Double Glazed Windows
These are a special type of windows that are made up of two panes of glass separated by a layer of gas (usually air). These glass planes and the gas layer in between them are sealed tight to increase the insulating property of the window. As a result, double glazed windows provide better protection from outside temperatures, both in hot and cold climates. Considering the space available in a two storey house anyone who intends to build one should certainly consider double-glazed windows.. This results in massive savings on energy bills. Moreover, these windows are easier to maintain than single pane windows. Almost all newly constructed homes use double glazed windows in their construction.
Efficient Heating and Cooling System
In most homes, heating and cooling accounts for more than half the energy use. Hence, it is essential that you install an efficient heating and cooling system in your home. In a two-storied home, installing a central heating system and programmable thermostats will help you save big on energy bills. Since the government provides many incentives to be more energy-efficient, it is also in your best interest to install a suitable heating and cooling system in your home. Moreover, there are various finance options that you can avail to build a house according to your needs.
Building an energy-efficient home will not only save you lots of money on energy costs, but you will also enjoy many tax benefits. Along with the financial incentives, you will also have contributed from your end to save the environment. It’s a win-win situation!