Your home is your oasis. However, dated interiors and exteriors can make it feel less like a sanctuary and more like a tight, dim dungeon. When frustration sets in as a result of the look and feel of your home, renovating it is an attractive option for most homeowners. But, before you begin the process of transforming your home, work with the construction crew to determine measures you can take to improve your home’s efficiency during the renovation, including using the following strategies.
Build Around Heating and Air Capacities
When you adjust your thermostat in your home, you expect it to cool your home in a matter of minutes. Generally, it does, since the system installed in your home is the appropriate size to heat or cool your home. Additions to your home can be challenging to existing systems, though, since your house is larger. With additional square footage to cool, air conditioning units may not cool effectively if you do not consider the new space.
Work with your contractor to determine whether your existing system will work efficiently with your new renovations. If they determine the extra space will place a burden on your unit, you will need to enlist the services of an HVAC professional to upgrade your system. Without proper planning, your utility bills will increase and your home won’t be as comfortable as it was prior to the renovations.
Improve Efficiency by Adding More Insulation
Many renovations require construction crews to open walls and adjusts ceilings to ensure you get the look you want for your home. With access to the insulation in your walls and attic, it is the perfect time to protect your home from air infiltration. Adding insulation with higher R-values and higher efficiency ratings will help you block hot air or cold air from getting into your house.
Install Advanced Technologies to Improve Energy Efficiency
Technology is changing the way you live. Why wouldn’t you leverage technology in your home so you can save money? From energy efficient lights to appliances, when you renovate your home it is convenient to upgrade components of your home with products that use less energy or uses energy strategically. Some additional technologies easily incorporated into your home while you renovate include:
- Installing a programmable thermostat
- Automating lights
- Placing solar panels on your home
Renovating your home with energy efficiency in mind is easier with advanced technologies, allowing you to easily determine the extent of your energy-saving renovations.
Focusing on energy efficiency during a renovation will help you save money on your bills while saving time and money to have the project completed once while the contractor is at your home.