Energy efficiency is one of the most important considerations in modern home design. Not only is it important to protect the environment, but it also allows you to cut down significantly on your energy bills by making some simple changes that utilize less energy. Here are a few low-cost changes that can make a world of difference for the energy efficiency in your home. Learn more and reach out to PEAK Architecture for energy efficient remodeling today.
Tips for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
Tips For Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
Upgrade Your Windows
An energy-efficient window is designed to trap cool air indoors during summer and keep the hot air locked in during winter. To make your home energy efficient, consider replacing those drafty windows with windows that have a low-emissivity coating and argon gas insulation between the panes, as these will provide long-term savings.
Update Your HVAC system
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning components of your building contribute significantly to your energy usage. HVAC systems work to heat your house in the winter and cool it during the hot summer months. To improve energy efficiency, replace your old HVAC fixtures with modern ones that have high Energy Star ratings. You should also ensure that your new unit is the appropriate size for your home. We recommend relying on a contractor to conduct a heat loss calculation so you can determine which areas of your HVAC system need to be changed to achieve ultimate energy efficiency.
Leverage Solar Tempering
This involves designing your home in a way that allows you to maximize the sun to heat your home. With solar tempering, south-facing windows are installed to heat up your space during winter. During the summer, these windows can be shaded to reduce the amount of heat that gets into your house. Solar tempering is one of the energy-efficiency considerations that must be addressed right from the design of the building. Discuss with our architects at PEAK Architecture LLC today to learn more about how we can help incorporate energy efficiency into your home’s design.
Install Energy-Efficient Lighting
Something as simple as changing your light bulbs can go a long way in increasing the energy efficiency of your home. LED lights are best used for this purpose. Compared to regular CFLs, LED lights last longer and optimize energy usage without compromising on brightness. Additionally, they are mercury-free, meaning they are safer for you and your family. To truly optimize energy usage with lights, you need to select the right type of LEDs for the job, make sure the lights are installed strategically, and also utilize natural light as much as possible.
Reach out to PEAK Architecture LLC
Designing an energy-efficient home requires you to evaluate your day-to-day habits and figure out ways to cut energy usage. This may involve a detailed energy audit or analysis of your home and expert recommendations on which changes to make. If you’re just designing your building, energy efficiency can be included as one of the key considerations during the design phase. Whether you’re looking to remodel your home or you have a new construction project coming up, get in touch with PEAK Architecture LLC to speak to a custom architect about your project and how to make your home energy-efficient.