Questions and Answers about Shading Your Home for Energy Efficiency

Reviewed and Revised on 10/17/2013

In hot, humid climates, home designs should aim to reduce summer heat gain as the first priority. Walls facing east and west receive the greatest amount of heat, because they receive the direct morning and afternoon sunlight. Some of that heat is transferred (through conduction, convection, and radiation) into the home, which means your air conditioner has to operate longer and harder. It’s much more energy efficient to stop the heat from entering your home

Questions and Answers about Radiant Barriers for Energy Efficient Homes

Reviewed and Revised on 10/31/2013

A radiant barrier (sometimes called radiant heat barrier) is a layer of metallic foil, reflective paint or any other reflective material which can effectively block the “radiation” form of heat. Aluminium foil is the most commonly used radiant barrier in attics in homes. The purpose of installing a radiant barrier is to reduce heat gain for a home especially during hot weather, and cut down on energy bills while increasing the home comfort.

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Understanding Dissimilarities in Different Kinds of Homes: Mobile, Manufactured, Modular, and Factory-built, for Home Energy Efficiency

Reviewed and Revised on 01/03/2014

All kinds of homes- mobile, manufactured, modular, and factory-built, are built in a factory. The difference lies in how much construction occurs at the factory and how much assembly occurs at the actual home site. When more work is done at the factory, less labor and work is needed at the home location. Energy efficiency issues and solutions for all these homes could be similar or vary depending upon the construction process and other issues.