Owning a home is not always about the cost of the house and its maintenance, or even its style and construction alone. It is now often considered whether the home is energy efficient.
Older houses often did not have any insulation or energy efficiency to speak of, so if you have an older house, you should know a few hacks to keep it energy efficient.
Here are some suggestions:
Install better windows
Replacement windows are not only better for your energy consumption and comfort, but they are also a recommended home improvement project if you want to get top dollar if you ever sell your home. Older houses have ineffective windows in terms of insulation. Getting double glass windows with a high energy saver rating is a good option.
Replace your doors
Doors are another notorious energy waster. Older doors usually let draughts in and cooled or heated air out. Replacing them with better, energy saving doors is the most logical answer, but you can also improve your old doors’ performance temporarily by installing door sweepers at the bottom and sealing the imperfections on the door jamb.
Build shades and install window treatments
There are several ways to control the heat of the sun that’s coming into your home. For example, instead of using sheer curtains, use blinds and dark, thick curtains in combination. You may also install awnings over windows. If you have the budget, look into patio covers from Just Patios in Brisbane. These will not only help block the sun coming in the front of your home, but they can allow you to relax outdoors instead of staying inside and running the air conditioner all day.
Seal and block any holes
Your walls may also be affecting the energy efficiency of your home. Inspect your walls carefully and seal and caulk every hole. Not only will this help make your home more energy efficient, but it will also prevent ants and other tiny critters from entering your home.
Follow these suggestions to make sure your home is more comfortable and energy efficient.