If your home is beginning to show its age, you may be thinking of a renovation project that will bring it into the 21st century. Before you get started, you need to think about the reason for your renovation. Some older houses simply aren’t as comfortable as you would like them to be. Better energy-efficiency could help keep you and your family cozy during the harshest winters while reducing your energy costs. If you are spending a lot of money on fuel and still aren’t achieving the level of comfort you would like, replacement windows could be the solution instead of installing a new HVAC unit.
Get to the Heart of the Matter
You want to get the most for the money you invest in your home and not just change up the things that are not really consequential. Even if you have had your eye on that new leather sofa for some time, it pays to look at the structure of the home and what it needs to keep it strong and solid. Putting new wallpaper on the walls isn’t going to be very beneficial if the lack of insulation between them is allowing a high rate of air exchange.
Adding insulation, replacement windows and doors, and energy-efficient appliances are some ways to give your home a new look and save money on energy costs at the same time. Another area to look at is your roof. If your roof is in poor condition now, you could be looking at serous leaks, water damage, and mold in the near future. The roof is the barrier between your home and the elements and it needs to be solid and dependable. If you don’t even know the age of your roof, it’s time to get it inspected.
Look at Your Heating and Cooling System
Efficient heating and cooling can add more to your comfort than any leather couch. On average, furnaces last about fifteen years before they need replaced. Today, there are more energy-efficient models of heating and cooling systems that also have humidity controls and filtering systems that are helpful to people with asthma and allergies. Smart systems let you control them from a distance so you decide when they need to run to keep fuel use to a minimum. If you need to make a new HVAC system part of your renovation project, include a regular maintenance plan with your purchase. Regular care will improve longevity and prevent you from needing to replace it as soon.
On the Exterior
You can always add a new layer of paint to your home but another option is to add siding. This can greatly improve the appearance of the house, increase energy savings, and provide a maintenance-free exterior that doesn’t need to be painted ever again. Some are even easy enough to apply that you can do-it-yourself.
If you are considering a renovation to your home, call Omega Windows and Doors at 647-273-5061 or 647-351-8558 to learn how many options you have for energy-efficient and durable replacement windows and doors.