An AC Solution For A Custom Home

Construction & Contractors Blog

When you build a custom home, you have the chance to add all of the features that you just have to have. While it is easy to devote all of your attention to making a beautiful kitchen, creating the perfect great room, or focusing on other aesthetic details, you also need to remember to spend some thought on how you will heat and cool your home. After all, a beautiful home is not all that wonderful if you can't afford to heat and cool it. 

The Right AC System

When you start building your AC system, you need to start by purchasing the most energy efficient AC system that you can afford. Rather than get lost in the hype, look for the following key details:

1. Your AC unit should have large evaporator and condenser coils, which will allow your system to absorb heat from your home and expel it outside quickly. 

2. A variable speed fan will help your system to adjust its output to the cooling demands in your home. It will be able to run at a low speed for long periods of time to maintain a consistent temperature.

3. Look for more than one condenser to further help your system adjust its output. 

Install a House Fan

Your AC system may struggle to cool your home down at night. An AC unit can only cool so much air at a time, so it can take a while to cycle through all of the air in your home. By way of contrast, a whole-house fan can cool your whole home down in a matter of minutes while using 90% less electricity than an AC unit. Thus, you should consider installing a house fan to reduce your cooling costs. You won't find whole house fans in the average home, so it is nice custom touch. 

Window Treatment

When building your custom home, you may want to focus your attention on choosing the perfect picture window, but you need to remember that windows are a perennial weak spot in a home's insulation envelope. Install window film on your windows to screen out the sun's UV rays during the summer and to reflect heat back into your home during the winter. The right window film can reduce your cooling costs by up to 23% and your heating costs by up to 25%.

When you think of adding custom touches to a home, you should not just think about gingerbread details such as dormers, gables, granite countertops, and so on. You should also think about creating an energy efficient home. When you see the reduction in your heating and cooling costs, you will be glad you put the time, effort, and money into finding money-saving, energy-efficient ways to help condition the temperature inside your home. You should contact your contractor with any of these ideas. J. White Construction Group


29 December 2016

Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.