If you’re considering remodeling your home or adding a space onto your existing home, it’s a great time to consider how that extra space can work for you instead of against you. Add-ons can be huge sources of energy waste because they were not in the original plan for plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. However, there are some great solutions to make sure your new space is an energy-efficient home add-on.
Go Green wants you to know some great ideas to make your home add-on an energy saver instead of a cause of stress in your home.
The great thing about added on rooms is that they’re usually a small percentage of your total home square footage. This can open doors for slightly more expensive energy saving solutions since you only have a small space to address instead of your entire home. We’ve compiled a list of some creative and affordable options to use in your add-on to save you some energy.
During the construction or design process consider different types of insulation to use in your add-on to conserve energy and make it easier to regulate the temperature in your new space.
- Radiant Barrier – This insulation stops heat from being absorbed into the space and instead reflects it back to the source. This can save you money on cooling costs if not as much heat is entering your add-on.
- Spray Foam – Spray foam insulation has a high thermal insulating value since it expands once sprayed to fill the entire space.
Sealing Windows and Doors
Another great way to reduce energy loss is to use weather stripping and proper sealing techniques on any windows and doors in the add-on. Seals on the edges of windows and doors prevent moisture and pests from invading, but they also allow air to be kept inside. This way the energy you spend to cool or heat the space isn’t wasted by leaking from the home.
Energy Saving Lighting
Efficient light bulbs use up to 80% less energy than traditional bulbs, which could save you a good amount of money over time. These bulbs are more expensive, but by taking the step to use them in your add-on, you’re creating an energy saving area.
Efficient HVAC Alternatives
Connecting the existing ductwork in your home to the new space’s ductwork can overload your AC system and can lead to leaks between the connections. Luckily, there’s another solution.
A ductless mini-split installation could help you control just the air in the add-on without affecting the rest of your home. The zone cooling technology and easy installation process are great benefits when you only need to cool a small space. Plus, the variable speed cooling process of a ductless system allows for more efficient cooling.
Need More Advice For An Efficient Home Add-On?
If you need professional advice or assistance on what energy-efficient solutions work for your home, Go Green Heating and Cooling can help. We’re dedicated to helping our customers run energy efficient lives and proud to provide eco-friendly services. Contact us today!