|The Difference between Energy Efficient & Inefficient House?
Air leakage is the primary difficulty in maintaining warmth in your home.
Concrete homes are proven to have superior natural temperature control properties over timber framed homes. The corresponding reduction in home heating requirements has significant impact on energy consumption.
However energy savings are not restricted to heating alone. Because concrete stores and releases the energy needed for both heating and cooling, its thermal mass delivers year-round benefits by reducing temperature swings inside and minimising both heating and cooling costs.
The density of concrete slows down the passage of heat moving through the wall. This means that, with the same insulation, a concrete home stays warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than a conventional home. Also a concrete wall doesn’t have the air leaks like a timber framed wall - and air leakage accounts for a large percentage of energy loss in the home.
A Homestead Concrete Home can keep you comfortable all year round…while reducing your energy bills.
High Thermal Mass - Even Temperature
The concrete walls have high thermal mass which buffers the interior of a home from the extremes of outdoor temperature during every 24 hour cycle. This reduces both peak and total heating and cooling loads. The density of concrete has a heat-absorbing property called thermal mass. This smoothes out swings in temperature over time. It keeps the house from overheating or getting suddenly cold when the furnace of air conditioner cycles’ on and off throughout the day. It also keeps the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter resulting in year-round comfort. This allows the wall to absorb the heat during the day and release that heat during the night. This allows your air conditioning to work less, and operate more consistently by balancing your homes’ heat load.
No Air infiltration or Drafts
Air leakage is the primary difficulty in maintaining warmth in your home. Concrete forms an integral wall system– solid, continuous and air tight. By comparison, a timber-framed wall is a collection of components – studs, wall linings, bracing elements and insulation. Each joint and connection in a timber framed home is a potential air leak. As the air passes through these leaks, so does your heating and air conditioning with it. A Homestead Concrete Home has virtually no air infiltration. Likewise there are no convection current within wall cavities. No air infiltration also means no dust or allergens. The concrete reduces drafts and cold spots inside your home resulting in a more comfortable living environment.