Passive Solar and Solar Energy

By Debra McCoy / December 27, 2016

A passive solar home is a house that is designed to get the benefit of the sun’s heat during winter; adequately warming the home without any mechanical devices or electricity. Passive solar houses also reflect the sunlight in the summer. The passive houses are built using “passive solar building design”; a collaboration of room designs and heat absorbing materials that advance the characteristic development of heated air. Overhangs that guard windows during summer as well as windows that deal with the winter sun are additional key tools. Passive solar building design is advantageous due to lower heating as well as cooling expenses.

It has been determined by the government that homes which invest in green and solar technology not only will save significantly on their monthly power bills, but will also improve the value of their home and also help our earth.  New Smyrna Beach solar panels are a wise investment that will help you to achieve a passive solar home, and will also save you a lot of money.  There are many New Smyrna Beach solar contractors that can help you to determine the best and most cost effective solar product investments for your home for your business.

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Spray Foam Insulation

By Debra McCoy / December 27, 2016

Spray foam insulation is a great alternative to traditional insulation.  Although it is more expensive than traditional insulation, it is a great deal more energy efficient.  When properly installed, your attic area will be completely sealed and there will be no air flow in or out of your attic space.

When you achieve a sealed attic, this is what produces the energy efficiency.  When you have a sealed attic, your attic temperature will generally be 50 degrees cooler than a non-sealed attic.  This results in truly amazing energy efficiency for your home.  Instead of the AC turning on and off 10 times in the summer time, your AC might only have to work 3 or 4 times in an hour which will significantly reduce your power bill.

We have had three homes in our neighborhood have their attics sealed with spray foam insulation over the past year, and they have been very happy with the results.  Their power bills have been reduced by about 25-35%, and they also have better storage areas in their attics.  The work was done by www.sprayfoamorlando.org and they also can do an energy analysis on your home, which is nice.

Another terrific benefit of spray foam is that your attic will be dry and insect-free.  When you have your soffits open like most homes are constructed, this result in insects and critters entering your attic space.  There is just no way to avoid it.  They are so efficient at entering this space that it is nearly a losing battle.  However, once you seal your home attic with spray foam, then you won’t have to worry about these critters setting up house in your attic.  And what a relief this is!

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