How Do Open Floor Plans Affect Energy Efficiency?

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Homes built on modern concepts lean heavily on the open floor plans, and box-like rooms are now a thing of the past.

“Open floor” is a common term used by builders and designers when they are planning home designs; the idea is to build as few walls as possible and make the spaces look more open and larger.

While the rooms will have all the basic functional areas such as living room, kitchen, dining room etc. they won’t necessarily have full-height walls and doors separating these spaces. Not only do these plans lend your home a unique look but they also improve the energy-efficiency of your home; take a look at how:

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  1. Increases natural light throughout out your home

Since there are no internal walls in an open floor plan, it allows natural light streaming from the windows to spread throughout the internal areas and this helps reduce electricity usage during the day; the natural light is sufficient for lighting up spaces during the daytime, which helps reduce electricity bills.

  1. Maximise air circulation

Open floor plans are also sometimes referred to as “green plans”. They help improve air circulation within the home and reduce the need to use coolers, fans, and air conditioning systems; this, in turn, helps improve the energy-efficiency of your property as well.

  1. Easier to clean

Enclosed spaces tend to gather more dust and increase the humidity levels which encourage the growth of mold and mildew. You need more electricity and time to keep all the indoor spaces clean. These problems don’t arise when there are fewer enclosed areas, and you are able to maintain your home with less effort and electricity use. Since all the features flow into one another, there is less space for the dust and other pollutants to settle. You will find that it is far easier to keep your home clean and you won’t be vacuuming the spaces as often as you would.

  1. The spaciousness aspect

Open floor plans make your home feel much larger than it is and each room can have multiple uses. When you eliminate doorways and widen the passages to the living and dining areas, it lends a sense of spaciousness to the space that divided rooms don’t have. If you are getting a new home built, you should consider open floor plans and designs. But it’s also important that you seek the services of expert builders who would be able to help you with these objectives without compromising on the functionality and comfort aspects. An energy efficient home plan should be able to effectively balance the benefits of natural light, ventilation, and spaciousness. We work very closely with our clients to ensure that they all their ideas and preferences are included in the design and plans of their new home.

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Norm Wales

Norm’s discipline continued as he excelled in his trade, gaining valuable experience that enabled him to begin his own building company. With a philosophy of constant improvement, Norm developed processes for every aspect of his business.
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