Everyone wants their house to look the best it possibly can, and we all try to do it as much as we can to do the best of our financial abilities. However, what a lot of homeowner’s don’t realize is that in their process of renovating and upgrading their home, they are usually disregarding the utility and overall efficiency of whatever they are buying. Not every upgrade is a good upgrade, and if you really want to make the most of the price of whatever you are buying for your home, you should keep long-term returns and efficiency in mind. This means that installing smart technology, a number of home improvement projects, and cutting edge upgrades won’t do you good every single time, in fact, a lot of times these projects are not really as efficient or cost-effective as we like to believe.
Improving the energy efficiency of your home is the best thing you can do for it, and the goal in mind is to install a system that costs comparatively less, yet has a noticeable improvement in terms of results. This is why we are going to talk about a few home improvement and repair projects that you can take on that will actually have a good return on investment for you.
Our windows and doors should be the first thing on our list of replacements that can really increase the efficiency of our home. A poor choice of windows can really become a source of inefficiency in our homes, and a lot of other factors can play into this as well. Poor maintenance for one of your windows can really affect their performance since cracks and fissures along your window frames will allow the inside and outside airflow to pass through the house. This is why inspections are necessary for your windows and you can always inspect for cracks on your own, and periodically clean your windows, get a touch-up or repainting job done, use a waterproof caulk and replace the window seals every now and then. If you feel like your windows are too old and are beyond repair, then you can opt for an energyefficient window replacement job. The same principle applies to our doors as well. Getting good quality energy-efficient windows and doors installed, and at the same time taking care to maintain alone them can end up boosting your house’s energy efficiency levels.
A good roofing system can also lead to a drastic improvement in your house’s energy efficiency levels. The roof of our house braves the effects of extreme weather conditions, ranging from extremely hot weather, to freezing weather, while also braving against snow, rainstorms, and even hailstorms. A good roofing system can be able to withstand all of these conditions, all the while keeping your house’s energy efficiency maintained, as long as you have selected the right roofing material, and also taken the time to maintain and report your roof periodically as well.
It might seem expensive, but it is strongly recommended that you have an expert roof contractor come in and inspect your roofing from time to time. A layman is not expected to understand the workings of the roof, nor will he be expected to be able to identify minor problems that might be developing. It is usually these minor issues that can end up affecting your roof’s efficiency and overall performance. This is why an annual maintenance check should be done by a professional, and if you happen to notice an obvious flaw in your roof before it is time for your inspection, you can hire someone to come and fix it before it turns into a bigger problem.
Your house’s Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, also known as the HVAC is another important aspect of improving your house’s overall efficiency, yet it is still grossly overlooked. Our HVAC alone ends up taking up half of a house’s energy consumption since it requires a lot of energy to regulate the temperature throughout a house, and given how most of us rely on our HVAC system 24/7, it is only logical that we take care of it. Our HVAC, like our roof and most of the areas of our house, requires the services of an experienced contractor to carry out regular maintenance. It is best to get our HVAC systems inspected during the transition period from winters to summers, and when we are transitioning from summers to winters as well. These maintenance checks allow the system to be prepared for the shift in temperature and ensures that it is equipped enough to handle the load without requiring too much energy. Studies have found that a good, well-maintained HVAC system uses up 20% less energy than one that is not maintained, so this makes for a significant difference in overall performance and efficiency. Even if you do not have the finances to opt for more efficient upgrades and replacement jobs, you can make a significant difference through just timely maintenance and repair jobs as well.