If you are planning a renovation project, one of the things you may be worried about is overbuilding. Overbuilding your property may lead you to pump energy into a structure that you rarely use, significantly increasing your utility bills over time. However, when it comes to home additions, you start from scratch, giving you the opportunity to build an energy-efficient home from the ground up.
To help you get started, here are ways to build a new energy-efficient space.
Keep Your Space Cool
Most homeowners know that the air conditioning system takes up most of the annual energy costs. To save on your cooling bills, you should consider increasing your new space’s access to natural ventilation. Not only does this help make sure it is comfortable, but also prevent mold and mildew growth.
One way you can keep your space naturally cool is by installing energy-saving replacement windows. Look for features like multiple glass panes with low-emissivity (low-e) coatings and strong and durable window framing materials like wood, vinyl or composite.
Increase Your Natural Light
No matter the room, natural light plays a key role in every living space. After all, no one wants to spend their time in a dark, dreary room. Natural lighting creates a pleasing and welcoming home environment. The more natural light you bring into your home, the more comfortable its occupants. Whether your home addition will be used as a guest bedroom or a home office, make sure to let more sunlight in through skylights, solar tubes or light shelves.
Additionally, when installing your new windows, be sure to consider sunlight and natural air movements. Well-placed windows not only allow natural cooling and ventilation but also increase the amount of natural light your home receives. For your kitchen remodeling project, for instance, kitchen windows should be placed on the eastern or southeastern side of the wall from where the sun rays may enter the room with ease.
Prioritize Proper Insulation
Furthermore, your home’s new space should also maintain a comfortable indoor environment. To make this possible, you need to maximize insulation, whether through traditional means or the use of structural insulated panels. The ideal insulation system should prevent drafts from entering your new space and compromising thermal comfort. Not only that, but insulation also ensures a quieter home as it reduces noise pollution.
To reduce carbon footprint, you may want to use formaldehyde-free insulation, such as recycled fiberglass, rock wool and cellulose insulation. In addition to that, you should also prioritize sealing up every point of heating and cooling loss by caulking, sealing and weather-stripping to reduce energy consumption.
For more inquiries regarding home renovations, turn to Cottage Industries, Inc. Our expert team of professional remodelers understands the importance of energy efficiency and provides top-quality services. Give us a call at (610) 293-9750, or fill out our online contact form to book an appointment.