When people think of renovating or remodeling an existing space in their home, they tend to think of it as an aesthetic facelift more than anything. But did you know that a renovation can not only improve the look of your home, but also be an opportunity to improve its energy efficiency as well?
Some Renovations Improve Efficiency More Than Others
Remodeling a bathroom, kitchen, or basement provides the best opportunity to see if water is getting into places it should not. After all, when else do you have access to space normally covered by cabinets or appliances? These hidden areas are notorious for hiding water and moisture that might be causing damage to the structure of your home.
When was the last time you checked on your insulation? If you are like most homeowners, then the answer is probably never. Checking to make sure insulation between studs and in attics is adequate is not something on our radar typically. Remodeling a space in our home, however, provides the chance to get into those walls and ceilings so that a reliable contractor can ensure your home is well insulated.
With bathrooms and kitchens being the most popular rooms to renovate, they are also spaces that provide access to your home’s plumbing. Switching out fixtures and cabinetry gives builders the chance to insulate pipes that are running hot water. This allows the homeowner to run less water because the water will stay hotter longer before reaching the faucet.
Renovating A Space Can Provide Updated Technology
Houses require more energy than ever before. In fact, our homes use 37 percent more energy today than they did in 1980. Fortunately, technological tools used to regulate a home’s energy usage have come a long way over the years. Even the smallest remodel is a chance to upgrade to more modern methods if your home is relying on old technology, or none at all, to manage utility efficiencies.
Automated control systems for heating, cooling, and lighting are now able to access data such as outside air temperature or level of daylight to adjust the indoor climate accordingly. Smart window shades, LED light fixtures, and thermostats that learn your habits are other examples of modern technology that can be added during a renovation to greatly increase the energy efficiency of your home.
To learn more about these ideas, contact a trusted builder like Rebuilding Michigan. You can speak to an experienced professional by calling (800) 786-0100 or get in touch using our online contact form.