If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, this is the perfect opportunity to make it as energy efficient as possible. There are many energy saving improvements that can be made, which in the long run can end up saving you a significant amount of money as well as increasing the comfort of your home, while making it environmentally friendly.
If you’re considering adding an addition, say a room over your garage or a sunroom, heating, cooling and ventilation are all important aspects that you need to take into account. Some questions you should be asking yourself are:
- What’s the best method of insulation to use?
- Will my current HVAC system be able to handle the added work of heating and cooling the new area?
Basement and Attic
Basements and attics are notorious for being sources of energy wastage, so make sure to explore all potential issues before going ahead. Look for moisture issues, seal all air leaks and address ventilation problems before starting on the aesthetics. For a further energy saving, install ENERGY STAR qualified doors, windows and light fixtures.
Many bathrooms suffer from huge moisture issues, poor insulation behind shower and bathtub walls, as well as air leakage. To address these problems effectively, open up the walls and attack the problem areas directly. Also, check to make sure the pipes are properly insulated and electrical penetrations air sealed. To fight mold and mildew, install a proper sized, ENERGY STAR qualified ventilation fan.
The kitchen is one room that provides an opportunity to make some major energy saving changes:
- Replace old appliances with newer, energy efficient models
- Replace doors, windows and lighting fixtures with ENERGY STAR qualified versions
- Insulate exterior walls properly and seal all air leakages
By making energy efficiency one of your primary goals when remodeling, you could qualify for a number of financial benefits, such as an energy improvement mortgage. Contact a RESNET EnergySmart Contractor to find out how to remodel your home so that it’s environmentally friendly, cost effective and is able to provide your family with a high level of comfort.