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There is a myth that two-story homes are less energy efficient. Many of these homes seem to be warmer upstairs than downstairs. However, a multi-level home can be energy efficient. In fact, some are better than one-story structures. Many factors play into how comfortable and affordable a house can be.
The Right Insulation
One of the most important factors in keeping a two-story home feeling comfortable, without cranking up the heat or air, is whether it’s been well insulated. If you’re building a new home, make sure you purchase the right R value. Most home improvement stores should be able to provide a chart that tells you which values are best for your region of the country. In the case of a two-story home, a well insulated attic can make a big difference in that energy bill. There will also be less of a noticeable temperature difference from floor to floor.
Construction Based on Location
Depending on where you live, you might want to build a two-story home that has part of the lower floor built into the ground. Not all geographical areas are good for this, but many places lend themselves to this very energy efficient way of building. Think of a cave. The temperature is constant. Very little heat manipulation would be needed, thus keeping costs stable.
The orientation of the house will help, too. Once again, depending on location, a house that is properly oriented East to West or North to South can save on energy bills. Don’t forgo a two-story home. Just make sure you plan the construction right.