Retrofitting Your Home for Cold Durability!

Posted by Rick Delgado on Friday, January 28th, 2022 at 1:17pm.

Retrofitting Your Home for Cold Durability

Retrofitting your home can radically improve energy performance, especially during winter. In some cases, retrofits can achieve up to 50% reductions by addressing different energy loads around the home. Whether you’re completing a total remodel project or you’re looking to make energy improvements to your home, these are some retrofitting projects to upgrade your home for year-round energy savings. 

Time to Service or Upgrade Major Appliances

Most of the energy load for your home comes from major appliances. While you don’t need to replace all your appliances right now, consider the ones that are not energy-efficient. Keep up with a proper maintenance schedule and upgrade them over time. Even if they’re new, major appliances need proper maintenance to run efficiently. If you’re not sure how efficient your appliances are, have someone check these appliances for their energy loads:

  • Refrigerator

  • Dishwasher

  • Oven, stove, and range

  • Washing machine

  • Dryer 

Invest in Insulation

If air leaks into the house, it can make your home cold and drafty in winter. Invest in a professional insulation project to cover the roof, the walls, and even the basement. A professional can help you choose the right type of insulation for your home and the different rooms. In most cases, spray foam will fill any crawlspace and prevent air leaks. 

Consider Replacing the Windows

With the roof, basement, and walls insulated, the next opportunity is your windows. Old windows often leak air and water into the house. Consider replacing them with Energy Star windows. Also, invest in insulating the window frames to seal the holes in the walls and keep out water and extreme weather. 

Rethink the Water Heater

Hot water becomes a necessity, especially during cold winter months. Ensure to follow maintenance and care instructions if you have an old water heater. If you’re ready to invest in a new one, look for Energy Star-certified water heaters that can improve energy efficiency by 50%. As you’re rethinking your home’s water heater, don’t also forget to insulate your water tank and pipes to reduce heat loss before it reaches the faucet. 

Preventing air leaks and focusing on insulation are the best home improvement projects to control energy costs and make some environmentally-conscious upgrades. As always, check with an energy consultant to keep your home’s appliances, HVAC system, and roof in top shape for the winter and every season. 

Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with custom door manufacturer, Abby Iron Doors.

 

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