Green Terminology: What Is 'Comfort' & How Does It Relate To A Home?
Everyone wants their home to be comfortable. Comfort is walking around your home in bare feet no matter what season it is. Comfort is never needing to plug in a space heater because of an awful cold spot in the home. Comfort is not having to avoid sleeping in that one hot room all summer because it's stuffy temperature is unbearable. Comfort is each level of your home being a consistent temperature, no matter how hot or cold it is outside. Comfort is not constantly adjusting of the thermostat just to make sure everyone in the family is cozy. When it comes to green home solutions, comfort has significance.
You may not be aware that green homes and comfort go hand in hand. Here are just a few environmentally friendly features that can enhance the comfort of any home.
Green Solution #1: Tankless Water Heaters
Having hot water at the ready whenever you need it in your home is a key component for your comfort and convenience. But have you ever stopped to think how much energy is wasted maintaining a large tank of water constantly at a heated temperature even when you don't need it? That's one major disadvantage of traditional water heaters.
Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, are designed to instantly heat water as it passes through, negating the need for a large holding tank. Therefore, tankless water heaters consume far less energy than their traditional counterparts.
An added benefit of a tankless water heater is that you'll never run short of hot water, no matter how many other people have a shower before you.
Green Solution #2: Eco-Friendly Windows
As much as one-fourth of a building’s heating and cooling loss happens through its windows, so they are a critical component in maintaining the comfort of your living space and improving energy efficiency.
Some of today's most energy efficient windows are available in a variety of materials including wood, aluminum, and vinyl, with triple panes of glass and an inert gas between them for even better efficiency. The glass itself is available in low E, or low emissivity, which is glass with a special coating that reduces thermal conductivity without affecting the quality of light passing through.
GREEN SOLUTION #3: Expertly engineered, High efficiency HVAC system
Not all HVAC systems were created equally. In many green homes, the heating and cooling system has been engineered speicifically for the home and installed to efficiently deliver comfort and consistent temperatures across every room. You will not have any drafty or stuffy rooms and will have a constant supply of fresh, filtered air with reduced indoor pollutants, dust, pollen, and other allergens.
Other features of a comfortable green home
- Advanced air sealing
- Superior amounts of insulation (even the basement foundation walls and slab!)
- High-performance, energy efficient doors
When you are on the hunt for a comfortable home be sure to tour homes in the hot or cold seasons to see for yourself how rooms/areas of a home feel and check for space heaters or window AC units in homes in addition to central air.With these and other green solutions incorporated into your house, you can reap the many comfortable benefits of an eco home.