Energy efficiency begins with the way a house is framed. At Haley Custom Homes we work closely with architects and framers to intentionally leave voids, into which we can pack and pour insulation. Because most solid lumber has an R-value of less than 1, and quality insulation has an R-value of 22, we like to sandwich insulation between beams, in corners, under eaves, between roof tresses, and in the headers above windows. Wherever we can. This creates an exterior “skeleton” for your home that protects it from the wide range of Colorado’s outdoor temperatures.
We use the highest quality insulation to block heat loss in the winter and prevent heat gain in the summer. Insulation in walls, ceilings, windows, exterior doors, floors, and framing dramatically improves energy efficiency and helps keep rooms at a consistent, comfortable temperature year-round.
As water supplies become more scarce, and Colorado drought years become more common, water conservation becomes critical. When we’re building your new home, we can incorporate a variety of water-saving techniques, such as: high-efficiency toilets, water-saving appliances, on-demand circulation systems, and flow reduction faucets and showerheads. We can also make the plumbing system energy efficient by insulating hot water heaters and pipes.
Radiant floor heating uses about 65% less energy than conventional forced air systems, and air conditioning systems that are installed properly can significantly reduce energy usage. At Haley Custom Homes we suggest radiant floor heating in virtually all of the houses we build, we carefully choose the placement of AC equipment, and we meticulously connect and seal all of the ductwork to ensure that there’s no air leakage.
Today’s windows are amazing, preventing virtually all heat transfer. Gone are the windows of yesteryear that let warm air out and cold drafts in, and created uncomfortable spots throughout the entire house in every season. Energy-efficient window systems include properties such as: glazing, innovative frame construction, E-coatings, gas fills, and edging and spacing systems.
When it comes to lighting, the two best ways to save energy are to install energy-efficient cans and to tie everything into a lighting control system. With a home automation system, you can dim lights, create mood lighting, set indoor and outdoor lights on timers, and turn off all the lights in the house from a single touch panel, enabling you to only use the amount of energy you need.
We can install a state-of-the-art home automation system that will allow you to control not only lighting, but also heating and air conditioning systems, shades and draperies, and motorized awnings, all of which conserve energy by blocking unwanted sun in the summer and inviting in warmth on cold days.