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How to Renovate for an Energy-Efficient Home in the Winter

By margaretann Jan 15, 2020

How to Renovate for an Energy-Efficient Home in the Winter

Energy efficiency has never been a bigger topic of discussion than it is today. New homes are being built with energy-efficient properties and nearly every home renovation is made with energy-efficiency in mind. With the fall and  winter months approaching, your next home renovation can keep your home warm without having to pay huge energy bills. Whether it’s replacing your roof or siding, adding windows to allow more sunlight to enter, sealing air gaps or incorporating programmable thermostats, here are some helpful tips for your next energy-efficient home renovation project.

 Quality Roofing & Attic Insulation Can Make A Difference 

A roof is much more than just its external appearance, as it protects you and all the things in your home from the elements including family and cherished belongings. Roofs also keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.  There are many factors beyond shingles that can contribute to your energy efficiency such as the underlying roofing material,  ventilation and insulation. Making changes, upgrades or entire replacements to your roof can greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency, which in turn lowers your heating and air conditioning costs. There are additional benefits such as adding value to your home upon resale and providing great reliability against the elements and shelter to protect your family from disasters and  roof leaks.

 Siding , Energy Efficient With Curb Appeal 

When you want to improve your energy efficiency, start by evaluating your  siding.  There are different types of siding such as vinyl, wood, stone facade, brick, and  fiber cement or insulated siding.  Purchasing a higher quality siding will only reduce the amount of fuel you need to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. There are several different types of home siding that claim to be energy efficient, but they’re not all equal. You have to take into account things like your location pertaining to weather, maintenance, durability, and insulation to determine which siding will truly offer the best energy performance. Our experienced team will gladly explain to you all of the options available that match your budget and style.

Strategically Add Windows To Allow Sunlight Inside

Whether your home renovation project involves adding a room or if you just want to brighten up a room, strategically placing new windows or a Velux skylight can make a big difference. With new window installation in Connecticut, be sure to place them in the southernmost room to take full advantage of the sun. The natural heat will keep the room warm so you won’t have to use your heater quite as much. Plus, you’ll get an aesthetic benefit as well since every home interior looks better with more natural light.

Seal Air Gaps and Add Proper Insulation

Walk around the inside of your house during the winter and you’ll likely feel cold air entering in various places. The most common areas include around windows, doors, siding and more. When you’re in the middle of your home renovation, check for these areas and have your contractors seal up any air gaps while they’re working. And of course, always add as much insulation as you can with any home renovation to keep the cold air out as much as possible.

Install Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats can save you a significant amount of money during the winter and make your home more energy-efficient. It’s difficult to remember to turn the thermostat down or up when you leave the home every morning, so a programmable one can help. There’s no need to warm up an empty house in the winter. Consider installing a programmable thermostat with your home renovation and you’ll save money without having to compromise comfort.

Fiderio & Sons has been in business for more than 35 years thanks to our loyal customers. Our focus has been throughout Connecticut and we additionally service a niche market on the shoreline in both Connecticut and Westerly Rhode Island, due to our experience in shoreline design build renovations. We understand energy bills are on the rise, especially during the winter months. Our experts always keep energy-efficiency in mind to help keep your home warm without breaking the bank on heating bills. When you’re ready to take on your next renovation project, contact us to book a consultation and see how we can help. Our Remodeling Specialists will gladly speak with you about various ways you can renovate your home to improve energy efficiency whether you are considering roofing, siding, windows, doors or more! 

 

 

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