Passive Solar Design Homes Ames IA

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Homes By Integrity
(515) 268-3346
Ames, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

HCS Builders, Inc.
(515) 232-4224
Ames, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Jon Hunziker Construction Inc.
(515) 296-1060
Ames, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Helland Construction
(515) 685-3461
Ames, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Stolte Construction, LLC
(515) 979-4148
Ames, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Rathert Construction, Inc.
(515) 292-2158
Ames, IA
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Site-Built Homes, Owner/Builder

JCorp, Inc.
(515) 597-5457
Ames, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Hanson Homes, Inc.
(515) 292-3479
Ames, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Shane Heintz Construction (Superior Contracting)
(515) 231-3447
Ames, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes, Owner/Builder

Rich Lepper Construction, Inc.
(515) 232-9287
Ames, IA
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

A Passive Solar Home: What It Is and How to Get One

Want to save tons of money on heating bills in the winter and air conditioning in the summer? No, you don’t have to run to the local big-box retailer and stock up on space heaters and cheap, plastic window fans. To conserve money and energy, start at the source – use passive solar design when building or remodeling your house.

A passive solar energy house has walls, floors, ceilings and windows designed to collect heat in the summer and redistribute it in the winter. This reduces the need for conventional heating and cooling methods, such as gas heaters and air conditioners.
There’s no need to kvetch about electric or gas bills with the change of seasons if you live in a well-designed, passive solar home.

Passive solar design elements maintain the temperature inside your house naturally. For example, keep your house toasty during winder months by painting walls navy instead of light blue, since dark walls will absorb and store more heat than light-colored walls. South-facing windows receive more sunlight than windows placed elsewhere on the house, so a few large windows on the south side of the house draw in warmth.

Using Shade to Your Advantage A properly sized overhang provides shade in the summer and heat in the winter. Keep your home cool by using insulated drapes, shutters, and awnings. Placing panels over skylights also keeps the interior of your house comfortable during the summer. Make sure there’s shade on east and west facing windows and walls or the temperature inside your house can rise 20 degrees. Tall trees provide shade for roofs and attics and keep them cool. To combat cold winter weather, strategically plant vines and deciduous trees to heat your home. When vines lose leaves in the fall, they let more sunshine into the house to
keep it warm.

Insulation Tricks A well-insulated room prevents outside air from passing through to interior spaces. Spray foam, sheathing, blow-in insulation or loose fill serve as barriers ...

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