Whatever concerns you have about your house, a home renovation project gives you the chance to address them. Additionally, it’s also a great opportunity to take on some energy efficiency improvements you may have had on the back burner.
Our skilled team is experienced with helping homeowners find energy efficiency solutions ranging from high-quality insulation to ENERGY STAR®-certified appliances. Here are some of our best tips on how to improve efficiency with your next home remodeling project.
The effects windows and doors have on energy efficiency are often understated. Poor seals on cheap windows are a primary cause of energy loss in many homes. Talk to a professional remodeling contractor about using the most efficient windows for your project. Invest in products with Low-E glass and multiple panes. Composite, fiberglass and wood frames also offer great insulation in the summer or winter.
A ceiling fan can help circulate air inside your home more effectively and runs on a fraction of the energy that air conditioning and heating systems need. Get help planning out proper circulation channels to minimize your heating and cooling usage. You may also consider installing a whole-house fan in lieu of traditional HVAC if your home is in an area with a mild climate.
Lightbulbs and other artificial light fixtures can be a drain on your energy costs, especially if you have to have them on for extended periods. Skylights, solar tubes and windows can provide your home with enough natural light during the day that you may be able to forego turning on artificial lighting entirely.
Many home remodeling guides offer recommendations on how much insulation you’ll need for your home. Install the recommended amount for your location to really see an effect on your energy efficiency ratings. For example, combine exterior rigid foam with wall insulation on all exterior walls. Ensure that your attic is adequately insulated and ventilated to minimize heat loss, and double-down on weatherstripping and sealing all windows and doors.
Energy efficiency has much to do with heating and cooling. In fact, the Department of Energy reports that over 50% of the energy the average home consumes annually is used by the air conditioning and heating system. A home remodeling project gives you a chance to upgrade your old system with a new unit with better efficiency ratings.
Make the most out of your home renovations with the help of our experts at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Aiken. Give us a call at (803) 335-1758 or fill out our contact form to start a conversation!