How To Remodel With Energy Efficiency In Mind
Sure, the kitchen should look amazing after it's updated but energy efficient remodeling is important too. While you may not be able to do just anything and everything you want, there are some things ways to increase the overall energy efficiency of your home.
Remodeling is all about updating the old materials that have worn out but can be simply about aesthetics. You'll have to make your own decisions about what does and does not need to be done.
Our design and build remodeling contractors at Banner Construction want to help you to keep energy efficiency in mind. Perhaps by combining a few ideas, you'll enjoy lower utility bills for years to come.
Replace The Windows & Doors
Energy efficient windows and doors are going to make a difference for you and your family. Your home will be more comfortable and the HVAC system won't have to work so hard. Today's replacement windows and doors are much more energy efficient than those manufactured just a couple of decades ago. Look for:
- E-glass windows & door glass
- Low-e coatings for windows
- Storm windows
- Energy Star® windows & doors
- Quality construction
Seal & Add Insulation To The Attic
Plan a little space in the remodeling budget to increase the insulation factor in your attic or crawl space. This will greatly improve the energy efficiency of your home.
You will also do well to make sure that the attic or crawl space is air-sealed. Be sure to ask your contractor what they use.
- Cellulose blow-in insulation (earth-friendly)
- Soybean-based spray foam (earth-friendly)
- High R-value fiberglass insulation
- Polyicynene insulation
Update Old HVAC Systems
Not everyone thinks about including the HVAC system when remodeling. If the heating and air conditioning equipment in your home is aging, it has likely lost whatever energy efficiency it had when new.
You can update to a modern efficient model during home remodeling. You can also have your home fitted with gas lines for heat and water heating. Our suggestions:
- Gas furnace
- Gas water heater
- Heat pump
- Geothermal heat pump
- Two-stage or multi-stage air conditioner
Install A Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater does not waste energy to heat water that you won't be using for hours on end. They are available in both gas-fueled and electric models.
Don't just think about this option for remodeling the basement or workshop, one system can heat water for the entire home. Tankless water heaters come in different sizes, so you have plenty of options to choose from to increase the energy efficiency of your home.