How to Make Your Home Renovation Project More Energy Efficient

How to Make Your Home Renovation Project More Energy Efficient
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    When you make changes to your property, you want the end result to be as energy-efficient as possible.

    The amount of wasted energy in a building soon mounts up and this is often reflected in high energy bills every month.

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The combined effect on the environment of all of this waste in households throughout the country is also a major concern.

This energy consumption could be reduced and put to better use. This is why it’s vital to think carefully about how you will conserve energy in any renovation project you undertake. Preparing and acting in the correct way has the potential to save you thousands of dollars in the future and make your property as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. These are some of the most effective ways to ensure this.

Heating

The heating system you install is one of the biggest factors to consider during a renovation project. Heating becomes a bigger issue in areas that have cold winters and need to have some kind of heating system turned on for long periods. Many older boilers and solid fuel heating systems have not always performed well or been the most energy efficient options. To address this, invest in a modern heating system that runs on less fuel, gives off less emissions and provides a comprehensive heating solution.

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You may need to consult with plumbing repair specialists and other people who have installed a modern heating system recently. This research can pay off in the long run and help you avoid making the wrong decision about your heating system. Your plumbing contractor should also check other heating features such as existing pipes and thermostats to ensure everything is working the way it should work. If they detect problems or inefficiencies, it may be time to replace these features too.

Cooling Systems

If you live in a warmer location, the existing cooling system should be thoroughly checked to make sure it is running as effectively as possible. Older models found in buildings that are getting a face-lift are not always as efficient as they could be. Once your air conditioning system is checked by a trusted plumbing contractor you can then decide whether or not to invest in a new model.

Attics and Walls

Generating heat or cooling your property efficiently is only half the battle when it comes to making home renovation projects more energy efficient. You then have to be able to keep the heat in during cold conditions and keep the building cool during hot conditions. To do this you have to install or add additional insulation to walls and attics. These are the two main areas of a home where heat and cold in a property escape. Once again, speak with a local building professional you trust and ask them what the best insulation solution for your renovation project is. This simple step will save money in the long run because you won’t have to generate as much heat when it’s cold or turn on your air conditioning as much when it’s hot outside.

How to Make a House Energy Efficient:

Doors and Windows

The doors and windows you install during this type of project can also have a massive impact on how energy efficient your property becomes after its renovated. If the current building has older doors and windows, it may be time to upgrade.

The technologies used to build these products has advanced greatly in recent years. Double and even triple glazed glass panels are now available which prevent large energy losses. When installed, the windows and doors you choose also need to be sealed properly. This is why it’s vital to choose a reputable window and door installer. Once again, seek advice from friends or family members who have recently installed these items in a new build or renovation project like yours.

What Lies Underneath

Sometimes energy escapes under our feet. This is especially true in many older homes where there is a cellar, rooms underground or crawl spaces. All of these features need to be insulated to prevent air entering and leaving a renovated room. This is something your building professional can address pretty quickly, once they are aware of this type of underground feature in your home.

Renovating a property or certain rooms in a property is an exciting prospect for many homeowners and DIY enthusiasts. However, many people rush in and don’t prepare properly. Renovating with a view to creating an energy-efficient building should be one of your main concerns before undertaking this type of project.

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