Whether you plan to build a custom home or remodel a home that you’ve lived in for years, it’s important to consider energy efficiency. Purposefully designing a home around modern efficiencies can seem intimidating, and there are many eco-friendly options to choose from. Here are a few ideas that would work regardless if the home is new or remodeled.
Windows are often overlooked, but it’s true that energy efficient windows can make a difference. Windows are often a place where air leaks. As the windows and the molding age and move with the seasons, the molding can crack, possibly damaging any underlying insulation, and opening gaps. Upgraded windows do help on their own, but a window redone with insulation and fresh molding will better protect against air leakage.
There are also appliances and HVAC systems that work efficiently. Often these appliances are more expensive, however there are programs that help to balance the cost. And if you plan to go all in on eco-friendly design then don’t forget the roof, which is an excellent place to add solar panels.
Before your dream home becomes a reality, either with a custom build or remodel, there are a few things you can do around your home to keep it energy efficient. Checking for air leakage around windows is quick and easy. If you hold your hand up around the interior perimeter of the window and feel cold air on your hand (That cold air is not necessarily cold air entering, but the cold outside pulling the warm air from the room) you have a leak. The same applies to doorways. A leaking door can be the primary source for heat loss. A simple threshold insulator can help to seal the leak if it’s beneath the door.
If you have any questions about how eco-friendly design can be incorporated into your custom build or remodel, then call JDL Construction today.