A home is a comfortable space to unwind at the end of a busy day and gather with your family. It’s a place of solitude, which is why many people take pride in everyday maintenance and upkeep. Regardless of what you’re home is made of you want it to be comfortable. If you want to stay comfortable, you’re probably going to need to use air conditioning and heating during hot summer days and freezing winter nights. Depending on where you live, this could raise your energy costs substantially over the course of the year. While insulation is used to help mitigate energy costs, there are more energy efficient ways to live and help protect the environment. One of which is opting for a home, or commercial building, made of brick.
Bricks are one of the most energy efficient ways to increase the overall thermal efficiency of a building. By opting for a home made of brick, you’ll use your heating and air conditioning less sparingly, saving you money and resources over time. In this article, we’ll explore what you should know about the energy efficiency in brick homes.
There is a lot of debate as to how to measure energy efficiency, but for the sake of this article, we’ll discuss it using thermal mass evaluations. Thermal mass refers to the ability any material has to absorb and retain heat, then release it over time. Bricks have a very high thermal mass, especially when compared to wood, drywall, and vinyl siding. In fact, bricks are the most energy efficient building material currently on the market. Clay bricks are the best, but other types of bricks will still achieve similar results. In the summer, homes made of bricks will remain cooler than those made of wood, drywall, or vinyl and in the winter, the release of heat from bricks helps to keep your home a comfortable temperature without needing excess help from a heating unit.
If you want to increase the energy efficiency of bricks, you can add insulation. While it’s not as necessary as when using other building materials, doing so will help lower your energy costs even more. It is important to note that how you add insulation will depend on the age of your home. If you have a newer home, it’s easy to add to the walls. For older homes, you’ll need to isolate added insulation to the attic.
If you’re looking to construct a new home or office building, we absolutely recommend using bricks. While the building costs are a little more expensive upfront, the long-term benefits are too great to ignore. These days, brick construction involves using a single layer of brick over a wooden frame. After the walls are constructed, insulation – such as foam insulating boards – is added to increase the overall efficiency of the home. If you have an older brick home, the walls are less likely to be built for added insulation. Older brick homes use multiple layers of brick as insulation rather than foam boards or spray. Thus, as we mentioned, it can be difficult to further insulate an old brick home. The best way to increase thermal mass in old brick buildings is by replacing any drafty windows and doors, checking to the condition of the caulk around windows and doors, and adding insulation to the attic.
If you’re ready to add brick to your home and reap the benefits of increased energy efficiency, contact the professionals at Chicago Tuckpointing Inc. today. Our team of expert masons is here to help you with all of your brickwork needs. With over 20 years of experience, Chicago Tuckpointing Inc. has the practice and precision to handle any job that comes our way. We commit to customer satisfaction from start to finish by keeping an open line of communication throughout all of our jobs. Quality of work is the largest factor in how long anything lasts, which is why we take our work seriously. Chicago Tuckpointing Inc. uses high quality materials to complete affordable tuckpointing jobs for our clients throughout the Chicago, Orland Park, and surrounding Illinois areas. Our professionals are here to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for.
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