- By: Core Exteriors
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Energy efficient homes have been the talk of not only the building industry but also homeowners over the last decade. Reducing bills, maintaining better comfort levels, and more are all great reasons to consider a more energy efficient house. But how can you improve your current home in this way? There are a variety of things you can consider, including your windows, roofing, and insulation. Let’s take a closer look.
Your windows have a lot of jobs. They give you light, allow you to open up for fresh air, and to see what’s going on in your neighborhood. But any time there is a giant hole in your wall, there is a risk for the structure to lose energy.
But windows can also help your home stay energy efficient if handled properly. There are several things you can do to ensure they’re doing the right job.
• Seal gaps.
• Double glaze.
• New frames.
• Window treatments.
Several of these things sound obvious. You know that sealing gaps in your windows can prevent drafts and loss of energy. Upgrading to double glazed windows can offer plenty of advantages for energy efficiency.
But you may not have considered your treatments. The shades, curtains, blinds, or whatever you’re choosing for privacy can also help insulate your windows if used properly.
Your home can lose a lot of energy through your roof as well. It’s like when your mom told you to wear a hat in the winter because you lose heat through your head.
To make your roof more energy efficient, there are a few things you can do. You can cool your roof, which can happen in a number of ways including the installation of a light-colored material. Dark colors retain heat and energy in a less efficient way.
You may also consider replacing your roof with a more sustainable material. This may come down to affordability for many people, but there are several roofing options that will last longer and be more energy efficient. Speaking with a roofing expert will give you a better understanding of the possibilities.
Your insulation may also be affecting the energy efficiency of your home. Materials used in many homes in the past were not as energy efficient as new materials available today. There are a variety of high-tech or sustainable options that simply weren’t on the market decades ago when your home may have been built.
It may be difficult to replace the insulation in your walls, but you can work with a professional to reinsulate your roof or basement to help increase your energy efficiency.
There is one more aspect you might not even consider when thinking of how to make your home more energy efficient. Have you thought about landscaping? Planting shade trees near your home can help maintain cooling in the summer. If you’re curious about how landscaping can positively affect your home’s comfort, talk with a landscaping expert.
Do you want to know more about ways your home can be energy efficient? Contact the team at Core Exteriors today.