We encourage all of our clients to consider energy-efficient systems when renovating their homes. Doing so has numerous benefits that make them well worth the investment.
One of the most significant benefits is that energy-efficient upgrades will help you keep your home warmer during the winter without spending an arm and a leg on heating costs. Running the heat all day long isn’t great for the environment, so finding ways to keep your home warm without using tons of energy is always a good idea.
If you’re looking to warm up your home while increasing your home value and being environmentally friendly, these are the upgrades we recommend:
Energy Efficient Windows
Upgrading windows to be more energy efficient will make a huge difference come winter. Energy-efficient windows create a barrier between the cold outside air and your warm, comfortable home. The thicker windows will also block a lot of outside noise, and you won’t have to worry about cold spots in the home anymore.
We love including radiant heated floors in bathroom renovations, but they can be installed in other parts of your home as well. The warm floors are a nice treat on cold mornings and are more energy efficient than other types of heating – they are at least 20-25% more energy efficient than forced air heating.
What’s really neat is that some radiant flooring systems can be controlled through WiFi. That means you can turn it on while you’re laying in bed doing your early morning phone scroll before taking a shower.
While this isn’t the most “fun” upgrade, adding new insulation will make a big difference in keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. If you have an older home, chances are you do not have sufficient insulation.
Adding insulation to your attic will be your best bet if your home is feeling cold. The extra layer of insulation will keep warm air in and help you save money on your heating bill. Plus attic insulation can help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof, which can cause thousands of dollars of damage.
Landscaping That Deflects Winds
Did you know that you can make the inside of your home warmer by taking action outside? You can! Planting trees and shrubs on the north and northwest sides of the home will act as a barrier and keep the cold wind from entering your home.
The trees and shrubs will act as a windbreak and can significantly reduce the need for heating inside your home. The reduction in energy usage is great, and so is planting more plants- you can never have too many plants!
What upgrades can we include in your renovation? Let’s get in touch to discuss what rooms you’re looking to renovate and how we can incorporate energy-efficient systems into them.
We pride ourselves on being a certified and accredited green builder/remodeler, so we will be able to find unique ways to bring your renovation ideas to life while being conscious of the earth’s resources. Give us a call so we get to work on your project!