Do Modular Homes Increase Your Utility Bills?
Are you worried that your energy bills will skyrocket in your new modular home? Don't be!
Let's help you answer the burning question on your mind: are modular homes energy efficient? If yes, what makes them so?
Keep reading to find out!
Are Modular Homes Energy-efficient?
Short answer: yes!
Modular homes are customizable homes that you can build from the ground up. In other words, you get to decide the energy efficiency with the building materials.
Besides, energy efficiency has nothing to do with site-built or modular homes. The reason your energy bills skyrocket, in the first place, is that there is air leakage in your house.
Funnily enough, the chances of air leakage are even higher in site-built homes than modular homes. And here's why: Unlike site-built houses, modular alternatives require tight-fittings. Else, the home won't fit to start.
Besides, modular homes use insulated materials during construction. In summary, you will get a house after your taste which equally reduces your energy bills.
And when you think of it, modular homes save your money twice. First, they are at least 20% cheaper than on-site houses. Secondly, they are energy-efficient.
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3 Factors That Contributes To Modular Homes Being Energy-efficient
Contemporary And Effective Heating Techniques
The first reason modular homes are energy efficient is their cooling and heating techniques. One of such is the contemporary zoning method that uses programmable thermostats.
In zoning, like the name, you channel heat with programmable thermostats to specific areas of your home where it's needed. That way, you can conserve the heat and still have an affordable energy bill.
For example, say you stay in a storey building with an upstairs bedroom. You can increase the heat in your bedroom at night independently while other living areas remain the same.
And by morning, you will do a reverse: cool the bedroom and heat other living areas.
Besides zoning, you can use the electrical, ductless mini-split system. This technique is best suited to single rooms. The units are affordable, plus you will only ever use them when you want to turn the heat on.
The last heating technique for modular homes is energy-saving systems. Here, you will use sustainable units such as geothermal cooling and heating devices and heat-efficient windows.
The best part about energy-saving systems is that they often come with tax credits. Some units will even qualify for the said credit at the local, state, and federal levels.
Strict Quality Control
Unlike on-site construction, modular homes follow strict adherence to sizing and quality. While the former can make mistakes and correct them, the latter has no room for errors.
For that reason, factories always build the parts of modular homes to specifications. And because these builders do, they limit the chances of air leakages. How?
Building homes to exact specifications means there is no gap between the parts. If there is no gap, there won't be room for air to leak. As a result, your living areas will maintain a steady temperature regardless of the weather.
In other words, there will be minimal heat loss in modular homes in cold winter, nor will heat enter during the hot summer.
Beyond heating techniques and quality control, modular homes are entirely different from their on-site alternatives. In the latter, just a wall joins two rooms. But there is no such occurrence in modular homes. How so?
Modular homes, like the name, come in modules that already have personalized ceilings, floors, and walls. As a result, the walls, or any attachment to the next module, are double-layered.
The result of the unique double-layered walls is a home that is optimally insulated. And with that comes energy efficiency.
Summarily, modular homes are more energy-efficient than their on-site alternative. And the reason for that is because they have a unique construction that follows strict quality control. More importantly, modular homes use effective heating techniques.
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