You might benefit from energy-efficient home improvements if you own a home that you often find draughty and costly to heat. Not only is an energy-efficient home more environmentally friendly, it is much more economical in the long run as well. These steps will ensure your house stays warmer as you take steps to avoid air leaks and boost the insulation in your attic, basement and walls, and you are more relaxed during the winter months when those cold winds tend to seep in from the outside. Click more info here.
What is home improvement that is energy efficient?
Energy-efficient home renovation is about building a cosy home that requires less heating and cooling energy, since it is well sealed against air leaks and well insulated against heat transfer. If a house is poorly insulated, loss of heat by lack of insulation in the walls and attic, poorly installed windows and doors that let in draughts and so on will weaken the use of a heating system. You will be able to increase the energy efficiency of your home by taking action to correct these issues – and that can mean considerable savings on energy bills. Some of the ways in which you can increase your home’s energy quality include the following:
Diagnostic Tools The best way to deal with issues in older homes or homes that have few energy conservation steps taken during construction is to run some diagnostic tests to identify the ‘weak points’ of the house when it comes to energy efficiency. These tests will determine how securely the house is sealed and recognise the areas from which hot air escapes from the home. Such studies tested areas such as ductwork systems, attics/roofs, basements, cavities for exterior walls, entry points for utilities, and so on. Ultimately, the measurements will decide how effective or inefficient for that matter your home is; if you have draughts that is permitted to come in unhindered, whether or not you have insulation in your attic or walls and if you have insulating windows and well sealed doors etc.
Window insulation – You will experience heat loss in two ways when you have windows that are not insulated. Second, if your windows are older (such as a typical home with characters), you will lose heat through gaps or spaces around the window. Secondly, the home can have single glazed windows that through heat transfer, lose heat. Repairing or replacing older windows with energy-efficient windows can help avoid more heat loss, which can in turn increase your home’s comfort. You can choose to have the windows double or triple glazed (using heat reflecting glass) to solve the second issue, or have polythene insulation installed to help mitigate heat transfer and retain the maximum amount of heat inside your home. Other applications can also help minimise heat loss to the outside, such as thick drapes over the windows during the winter.
Duct sealing – If you have a ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system in your house, there is a risk that you will encounter heat loss problems through improperly sealed holes, gaps around the duct seals, and so on. If you have an older home that is likely to be draughty, then you are likely to let a lot of money fall through your fingers, heating a home that releases a large proportion of that heat outside the conditioned room. As compared to the simplicity of sealing leaky ducts, the long-term cost of this may be important. Via the ducts and other locations, a competent home performance improvement contractor can help you determine the loss and can assist you to resolve these issues without inhibiting the system’s operation.
Roof/Attic – Attic insulation is one of the most efficient methods of insulation; it helps to retain warmth during the cold months and heat in the hot months. You will build one of the most critical cost savers for an energy-efficient home if you insulate your attic, up to 20 percent of the heat loss from the home can be compensated for by heat loss from the attic. Roof insulation materials may include conventional fibre glass or you may opt for a more environmentally friendly alternative, such as pulverised recycled newspaper pulverised with fire retardants and mould spores. This works more effectively when dense packages than the normal fibreglass insulation, although its processing is less harmful to the environment as it is biodegradable.