Heating and Cooling Systems
According to energystar.gov, the majority of your home’s energy usage is from heating and cooling. By adding a programmable or smart thermostat, such as the ecobee thermostat that is featured in all new Clayton Built® homes, you can regulate the temperature of your home more effectively throughout the day while also using less energy.
Heating water in your home is the second major energy user. That’s why new Clayton Built® homes have a Rheem® dual element water heater with thicker side walls and a higher insulation value. This helps conserve heat energy, so it requires less energy to heat the water and keep it hot while meeting all of your daily water needs.
Clayton also now offers Low-E Lux windows in all of our new homes. But what does this mean exactly? The “e” value is a value assigned to how efficient a household feature is. The lower the value, the more efficient your windows are.
According to Energy.gov, Low-E windows allow for less heat entering and leaving your home through your window and reduce the light's ability to wash out colors in your home. Low-E windows can also protect your indoor furniture from UV-induced fading.
The R-value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-value in your home’s insulation, the better the thermal performance and the more comfortable your home will be.
That’s why the roof cavity of a Clayton Built® home is filled with R-33 insulation to create a well-insulated layer around the entire home. If your home has a vaulted ceiling, the roof insulation will have a maximum value of R30. Another layer of R22 insulation is used in the subflooring, while R11 insulation is used in the walls to ensure optimal efficiency all around.
Now that we’ve highlighted these great energy efficient features, are you wondering what else makes up a Clayton Built® home? Head over to our Clayton Studio blog to learn more about the materials and products we use, construction process and more!
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