Your home’s thermal envelope includes any structures and materials that separate the interior and exterior air flow. Having an airtight thermal envelope will reduce the power bills and keep your home comfortable year-round. Keeping the outside air out, and the inside air in.
Your home’s thermal envelope is made up from:
- Outer walls
To put it simply your home’s thermal envelop is your heat flow control. The better your insulation and glazing, the more control you have over the flow of air from outside to inside your home. A home with a good thermal envelope is an air-tight home which won’t lose much heating or cooling through external features such as the walls, floors, windows etc…
In comparison older homes often have gaps from damage over time or poor building products and materials. This can result in a draftier home that is difficult to keep warm or cool.
A few ways you can improve your home’s thermal envelope includes:
- Insulate your walls, floors and roof. This helps to keep the air flow under control. Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow and helps keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
- Double glazing your windows and doors helps to make your home more airtight. Keeping out any drafts or leaks.
- External shading devices create comfort with significant energy savings. By using shading such as covers, pergolas or trees you can help the thermal comfort of your home.
- Sealing any air leaks or infiltration in your home’s walls, floor or roof can help keep the quality of your indoor air to a better standard.
Some of the many advantages of a good home thermal envelope are the reduced home energy costs used to heat or cool your home. Better air flows throughout your home. Significant energy savings from the use of heating or cooling and its ability to stay inside your home.
By implementing these improvements to your home, you can make your home better, creating a better living space. Talk to Absolute Energy today about how we can fully insulate your home and seal your home’s thermal envelope.