Everyone wants to have a comfortable, energy-efficient home; an energy-efficient home saves money, plain and simple. One way to achieve this goal is to think of your entire home as a single system. Just like the parts of your body, the parts of your home combine to perform various functions. Every part of both your home and your body is important, but some are more crucial than others are. Let’s examine 4 of the major systems of your home.
It may not seem like a part of your home, but its location has an enormous impact on your home. Average temperature, local pests and concerns of natural disasters such as earthquakes and flooding are all affected by location.
Every home needs insulation, but the amount and types of insulation you choose may vary based your local climate. Consult a professional to ensure that your home has the insulation it needs.
Heating and cooling represent most of the energy use and waste in a typical home. Many homeowners are tempted to use an oversized HVAC unit; an appropriately sized unit can be more effective and efficient.
Windows and doors are obviously necessary, but they can be energy wasters. If you are thinking of investing in new windows, be sure to get windows that fit the style of your home and meet your needs for energy efficiency.
When the systems of your home are running smoothly you, the homeowner will spend less on utilities, but the savings do not end there. Homes that operate well often cost less to maintain. A home with proper insulation and tightly sealing doors and windows are less susceptible to water damage, for instance.
Making the best choices when you are upgrading your home may cost more now, but your savings could last well into the future.