Remodeling your home is a fun and exciting project. Adding your own touches to an older home can really make you feel like it is yours. As you are planning your remodel, you want to incorporate energy efficient ideas along with your own personal touches. Ensuring Energy efficiency can be easy on the budget and help you cut utility costs in the long run.
Have Your Home Evaluated for Leaks and Mold
As part of your remodeling plan have your contractor evaluate your home for leaks and mold. When moisture becomes trapped between the walls, under floors, or in attic spaces due to cracks or openings in eves, siding, or roofing, it can lead to the growth of mold, which can be hazardous to you and your family's health. You also do not want warmed or cooled air escaping from those areas as this will reduce your home's energy efficiency.
Install Energy Efficient Windows and Doors
Older homes may be allowing heated and cooled air to escape your home through poorly sealed windows and doors, increasing the demand on your HVAC system and increasing your overall energy costs. Installing new energy efficient doors and windows can help reduce that loss and improve your home's curb appeal. Making sure windows and doors are securely fitted will also help improve your home's safety rating.
The addition of skylights can add much needed natural light to your home and reduce the need for artificial lighting during the daylight hours. It can also add to your home's value if you ever decide to sell.
If you are building walls or opening up existing ones during your remodel, talk to your contractor about adding to your home's existing insulation. Over-insulating can help keep your utility costs down by helping to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Ensuring that your insulation is added around your pipes can also help reduce the amount of energy expended on heating water. Making sure that your attic space is properly insulated and that all vents, outlets, and ducts are properly sealed to prevent heat from escaping is an easy step to ensuring that you are not throwing away money on unneeded utility costs.
An experienced and knowledgeable contractor can guide you in choosing the right changes for your home to not only make it more energy efficient, but also raise your home's overall value. Turn your house into the home you desire without breaking the budget and lock in future savings with energy efficient choices. (For more information on remodeling contractors contact a company such as Dillman Brothers)Share
19 November 2014
When I decided to turn my backyard into a pool and spa space, I wanted to have a pool house built. Adding a pool house would give me somewhere for everyone to shower and change without tracking pool water and dirt into the main house. I worked with a local contractor to construct a pool house with an outdoor kitchen, outdoor showers, and full indoor restroom facilities as well as a game room and changing rooms. I created this site to journal the process so that I could hopefully inspire others to do the same. I hope this site takes some of the mystery out of the construction process for you so you can build the backyard structure you've always wanted.