Looking for ways to save energy and cut down on your monthly utility bills? New siding can help increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Snow, freezing rain, ice, and temperatures below freezing in the Twin Cities can make warming your house a real chore for your furnace. The good news? You can make your energy bills more manageable by increasing your home’s R-Value with new siding. With better siding, you’ll have more control over your indoor temperatures without the need to crank up your furnace.
Read on to discover how new siding can help lower your utility bills.
Enjoy Indoor Comfort and Lower Utilities with Replacement Siding
How R-value Impacts Energy Savings
R-value is a measurement used to describe a material’s resistance to heat transfer. The higher the R-value, the more likely your siding will prevent unwanted heat loss. And the higher the R-value, the more you save on utilities. Look for siding with a high R-value, and you are well on your way to monthly savings.
How Siding & Insulation Work Together to Boost Energy Savings
Siding and insulation help prevent outdoor air from seeping inside and keep indoor air from leaking outside. When it is time to re-side, be sure to allow siding’s impact on your home’s energy efficiency to factor into your decision.
While siding in and of itself won’t always solve the problem of your home’s comfort level or high energy bills, the right siding combined with proper insulation can significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency. When you re-side, you can choose siding with built-in insulation, add insulation inside your walls, or both.
Decrease Utility Bills And Increase Indoor Comfort
Nobody wants to experience the chill of Minnesota winters inside their home. With the right siding, you can enjoy a cozy temperature indoors that won’t strain your furnace or drive your utilities sky-high. Energy-efficient siding is good for the environment and good for your wallet.
Top Choices For Energy-Efficient Siding
Here are some of our favorite siding materials to help combat the below-freezing temperatures we experience so often in the Twin Cities.
James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding
This durable blend of cement, sand, and wood fibers is thicker than other siding materials and stands up to severe Minnesota weather with ease. Its thickness means it delivers better insulative properties, which helps lower your energy usage year-round.
Hardie siding keeps warm air trapped inside each winter and cool air conditioning indoors each summer. Several siding types have an R-value of R-1 or lower. Some vinyl siding with built-in foam insulation can achieve an R-value of R-3.
Insulated Vinyl Siding
This siding has a significantly high R-value between R-3 and R-4 and is an ideal solution for re-siding a home. Insulated vinyl siding creates a blanket over your home, increasing your home’s energy efficiency and decreasing your utility bills.
Backed with breathable foam, insulated siding also adds impact resistance and makes your home quieter by reducing the transfer of outdoor noise. Both the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ENERGY STAR® have recognized insulated siding for its effective energy performance.
Siding Color Can Also Have An Impact On Energy Use
Siding comes in a host of colors and adds beauty to your home. But did you ever think about the impact of siding color on energy use? As black asphalt gets hotter than the lighter concrete sidewalk, darker-colored siding absorbs more heat and can aid in lowering utility bills.
- Hardie siding comes in a wide variety of designer-picked hues, including dark, dramatic ones that will help keep your home warmer.
- Vinyl siding is available in many colors, so choosing a deep hue is easy. Remember that vinyl siding shouldn’t be painted, so make sure you love your chosen color!
Enjoy the Energy Savings Replacement Siding Delivers
Siding’s primary jobs are to protect and beautify your home. Another perk is that new siding insulates your home from the chill of Minnesota winters and lowers your overall energy use.
At Beissel Window & Siding, we install James Hardie siding, insulated vinyl siding, and more. We’ve been in business in the Twin Cities area for over 70 years, and our employees have hundreds of years of shared experience, so you can count on us for precision siding installation and all your home remodeling needs.
Learn more about our siding services if you want to install siding that can help you save on utilities.