There are plenty of great reasons to remodel a home. Remodeling a home can increase the home’s value, add much needed square footage and make the home more comfortable to live in. There are also other benefits to remodeling that you may be unaware of. Remodeling can greatly increase your home’s energy efficiency. This can be a major plus, especially if you are looking for ways to decrease your energy footprint. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to a remodel and your home’s energy use.
Benefits of Increasing Energy Efficiency
When most homeowners begin thinking about a remodel, often it’s not because they want to create a more energy-efficient space. Usually it’s because they are currently unhappy with how part of their home looks or how it functions. Remodeling because the home is out of date is common; however increased energy efficiency is often an unexpected but welcome part of a home renovation. Here are some benefits that increasing a home’s energy efficiency can produce.
Lower Utility Bills
Investing in making your home more energy efficient can save hundreds of dollars each year in energy costs. There are plenty of things that can be done during a home renovation that can lead to lower energy bills. Many homeowners find that there is a noticeable difference in their utility bills before and after a remodel.
More Comfortable Conditions Inside
Another benefit of increasing the energy efficiency of your home is that it will likely be more comfortable to live in throughout the year. Increased energy efficiency often means a more stable temperature throughout the home’s interior. A more energy-efficient home is cooler during the hot summer months as well as warmer and cozier when temperatures drop during the winter season.
Remodeling Projects That Can Increase Energy Efficiency
While increased energy efficiency is often a side effect of a home remodel, there are a few projects that can be done in order to purposefully increase the energy efficiency of the home. If you are going into your home remodel with increased energy efficiency in mind, here are a few projects to consider.
Over time, the roof can begin to wear down due to age and the weather. As a roof ages or becomes damaged, it can also become less energy efficient. Roof replacement is a remodeling project that can greatly increase energy efficiency and lead to energy savings. There are plenty of roofing styles and materials that are both energy efficient and that will match the style of your home. If you’re not interested in a full roof replacement, adding insulation to the roofing system during your home’s remodel can also increase the energy efficiency of the home.
Replacing the home’s siding can greatly improve the appearance of the home. It can also increase the home’s energy efficiency by improving the home’s energy envelope. Vinyl siding, in particular, is a great option if you are looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Other things that can increase energy efficiency during a siding replacement include adding insulation as well as house wrap.
Window replacement is a remodeling project that can have a major impact on a home’s energy efficiency. Over time, windows can become less energy efficient. If you have had the same windows for more than 15 years, it may be time to look into replacement. Replacing your home’s windows with new energy-efficient windows can increase curb appeal and make a big difference in your energy costs.
Remodeling your home can be exciting. Whether it’s a small-scale remodel or a complete renovation, there are plenty of projects that can be done that not only change the look of your home but also increase its energy efficiency. If you are ready to look into remodeling projects that can make your home more energy efficient, contact Patriot Construction today.