How brick can help regulate your home's temperature

How brick can regulate your home’s temperatures

Craftsman house plans can be outfitted with a wide range of siding options. However, if you are looking for ways to better regulate the temperature of your home, you may want to choose brick, as offered by HHF-4696.

Defining regulation
Some materials retain heat better than others. Wood is not very good at absorbing heat. Concrete is on the other end of the spectrum, able to absorb a lot of heat and release it slowly over time. Brick, while more expensive than wood, is closer to concrete in heat absorption. This ability is not the same as insulation, in that it doesn't help a building regulate a temperature independently from the outdoors. Rather, the ability of siding to absorb heat and release it can help moderate fluctuations in daily temperature.

So, a house with brick siding and a layer of insulation could have less of a fluctuation of interior temperature than a house with wood siding. This trait is especially effective in temperate climates where temperatures may drop off significantly in the evening and peak at midday. A brick wall with no insulation on the interior, however, would not be an effective insulator.

Passive heating
In addition to moderating temperatures, interior brick walls can be used to help passively heat a home. If you have an interior wall that gets direct sunlight, you can clad it with brick. It will absorb sunlight as long as it gets light exposure and then release that thermal energy back into the house. The best part about an interior brick wall is that it will release the heat slowly, meaning that you can still get passive heating  from the wall well into the night, depending on how much energy was stored during the day.