Remodeling your home sets up a clean slate to give it a new look and make your house more energy efficient. Not only will an energy-efficient home save money on utility bills, it will also make the home healthier and reduce its impact on the environment.
Christopher Wittmann, CR, an exterior product specialist with Callen, offers tips for creating a more energy-efficient living space.
“Start off your home’s remodel by checking for water intrusion, condensation, and excess moisture before you begin the project,” said Christopher. Excess moisture creates mold. By fixing these issues, you can improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Make sure your home is airtight to prevent heated or cooled air from escaping. This makes it easier to control the inside temperature in both summer and winter. “Wrapping the exterior walls of a house with an air barrier before installing siding or masonry will create a more energy-efficient home,” said Christopher. Another way to prevent heat from escaping is by adding more insulation to the attic or walls.
“Replace old windows and exterior doors with newer, energy-efficient models,” he said. Look for double pane windows with Low E coating for optimal results. Correct insulation around your new windows and doors will further improve your home’s energy efficiency. All gaps should be properly caulked to prevent air from seeping into and out of the home.
Many older homes have poor airflow and ducts that leak, causing rooms to feel stuffy and uncomfortable. “Repair leaks in forced-air heating and cooling systems with duct sealant to make your home feel more comfortable,” Christopher said. “It also helps to upgrade heating and cooling systems, as inefficient systems have to work harder and use more energy.” Upgrading other appliances with ENERGY STAR equipment and new lighting will also reduce your home’s energy usage.
These energy efficient remodels will save money, increase the resale value of the home, and require less maintenance. Christopher noted, “We’re thrilled that doing the responsible thing—remodeling with energy efficiency in mind—is becoming common sense. Why not help the environment and yourself while improving your home?”
For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.