Are you looking for ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency? There are a few external home renovations that can make a significant difference in your home’s energy use.
Install New Windows and Doors
You can save a lot of money by installing new windows and external doors, especially if you have single-pain or storm windows. Any cracked, damaged or chipped window and door should be replaced. However, you may improve your efficiency further by replacing wood or metal frames with vinyl framed windows that dent, bend or warp as they age. You may also choose insulated glass that has thermal transfer capabilities.
In addition, modern doors can save you up to 10% in energy use because they are made airtight. However, if your door is newer, check to ensure that it fits properly and whether any air is leaking in. Carefully analyze the framing and weatherstripping and close up any holes you find.
Install New Siding and Roofing
Today’s market offers many varieties of siding, which is used to block air transmission from outside to inside your home. However, older siding may not be as well insulated as new siding. Many siding options have foam siding on the back
You may also consider replacing your roof and installing new insulation in your attic, but make sure you use the proper type of insulation. You may even consider a cool roof, which reflects sunlight in the summer and conducts heat into the building in the winter, reducing your heating and cooling needs.
Weatherproof Your Home
The framing around your home’s windows and doors can sometimes allow air to flow into your home. Therefore, check for leaks around these fixtures. Replace the weatherstripping around your doors, and caulk around your windows. You should also check your siding for any leaks or damage, and seal them. Remember to seal all the way around these fixtures, both inside and outside your home, not just where you feel the drafts.
Work with a licensed contractor to find new external home renovations that can increase your home’s energy efficiency.