In Part 1 of this blog on energy efficiency in modular homes, we looked at how efficiency was achieved.
In Part 2, we’re going to look at a few other ways that modular homes are superior in energy efficiency and more environmentally responsible than site-built homes:
- Modular homes are especially well insulated because the filling material is placed in every nook and cranny of a home, around all electrical boxes and plumbing pipes. Also, the material isn’t compressed which allows for maximum efficiency.
Put simply, the state-of-the-art facilities in which modular homes are built allow them to be energy-sealed in areas that would be physically impossible to seal or insulate on a traditional site-built home.
Insulation is rated on an “R” scale. The higher the “R” value, the better insulated the home. As an example of modular homes, Westchester uses standard 2 X 6 walls with R-21 insulation, plus R-38 ceiling insulation. What does this mean for the home buyer? Heating and cooling bills account for at least half of the energy use in the home. What better way to cut the overall energy expenses than to take steps during the construction of the home that will benefit the home buyer for years to
- Efficient products. Appliances like laundry units, refrigerators and dishwashers account for 20 percent of a typical home’s energy consumption. Most modular homes may also come equipped with recognized energy-efficient products, including lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans in addition to appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines.
Today’s modular homes might also include a variety of “tried and true” energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and more importantly, lower the demand for energy.
- High-performance windows. Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during the winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.As an example, Westchester modular homes include Andersen® Tilt Wash® double-hung vinyl clad windows with High Performance™ insulating glass.
- Tight construction and ducts. Sealing holes and cracks in the home’s “envelope”, as well as in heating and cooling duct systems, helping reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility costs.
- Efficient Heating and cooling equipment. In addition to using less energy to operate, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity and improve the overall comfort of the home. When properly installed into a tightly sealed home, the equipment won’t have to work as hard to heat and cool the home, reducing energy costs.
In Parts 3 & 4, we’ll look at how energy-efficient modular homes will benefit the homeowner both now and in the future.
In the meantime, should you have questions about energy-efficient modular homes, don’t hesitate to contact one of our representatives at Westchester Modular Homes.