Is having more insulation better? Think about it this way - if you climbed Mt Rainier in the winter and had the best parka available for taking on the weather, but didn't have pants on you wouldn't survive! Insulation starts with a delicate balance of the temperature inside the walls of your home. If there is too much insulation, air is unable to leave the home, resulting in an uncomfortable climate. Yet if your house is not significantly insulated, it is very easy to lose precious heat in the winter. So when insulating your new Reality home many factors contribute to keeping the temperature comfortable as well as being energy efficient. In the end more is not better if it's done wrong.
Here is the package to keep your home protected from the elements:
Air sealing the house
We do this to make sure there are no leaks that could significantly raise your energy bill and make your house uncomfortable. Some builders don't do this at all! Some use caulk that is subject to failing by not being installed properly or having the possibility of smearing. Ask about using rubber gaskets for a better air sealed house!
Good quality windows
Our windows are Energy Save Plus Jeld-Wen Windows that have a Low-E Film and Argon Gas filled. What does that mean? Taking advantage of natural light without affecting the comfort of your Reality home as well as keeping heating or cooling costs at a minimum.
Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer!
Your house needs to breath! Just like our bodies proper interior ventilation is vital to your family’s health and comfort. The use of fans helps your home rid itself of moisture, smoke, cooking odors, and indoor pollutants. Structural ventilation controls heat levels in the attic, moderates dampness in the crawlspace and basement, and keeps moisture out of uninsulated walls. Make sure you check out our standard features in this area!
In taking care and consideration in all these areas your Reality home can be comfortable no matter what season we are in.