When a person moves into a starter home, they may not intend to make many changes because they do not want to end up with a negative return on their investment. However, this line of thinking does not apply when you intend to live in your current home forever.
While you may plan to remodel the home to fit your personal style and needs through the years, you should consider focusing on improvements that will save you money in the long run. One of these options is to improve your insulation.
An ideal place to start with your insulation project is the windows. You should replace your windows when you can put your fingers on the edges and feel the air from outside coming in. A window may be structurally sound, but it will leak air when the framing and sealant is worn down. Also, if you have single-paned windows, they are not going to provide much energy efficiency.
In your forever home, you should upgrade to double-paned windows. While you can take the upgrade a step further and go straight to triplepaned windows, the insulation improvement is minimal between these options. You can enjoy more affordable windows by opting for doublepaned.
Because Indianapolis gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter, you will notice the difference when you cannot feel the outside air coming through the windows. In a home with lots of windows, this improvement alone will have a noticeable impact on energy savings.
You may not recognize that the outlets in your home could be lacking insulation. On a hot or cold day, the air could make it through the exterior and seep in through the fixtures. You should also consider the outlets located around the house. Each fixture and outlet will have an ideal way to maximize the insulation in the space behind them.
While you are improving insulation, take advantage of the opportunity to install new outlets or fixtures. The professionals can apply the same insulation methods to these new additions to provide reliable insulation.
The siding on your house may not be damaged, but this does not mean you should leave it alone. A clever way to improve insulation and enhance your home's look is by adding brick veneer siding. If you want to add new windows or expand the size of existing windows, you can create a plan with professionals to work on these projects in a way that minimizes hassle and extra costs.
The siding and windows take up a huge portion of your home's exterior, but you still have the doors. While the front door is the main one that people will see when looking at your home, you need to pay attention to all of the doors equally when it comes to improving insulation.
While you may love the idea of using an exotic wood for the ultimate boost to appearance, you should prioritize a fiberglass door for the insulation potential. Even a solid core wood door cannot compete with the kind of insulation that you can get from a fiberglass door.
A smart plan is to replace the front and back door with fiberglass materials. If you have an exterior door that goes into a connected garage, you may want to replace the exterior door and the one that goes into your home to avoid insulation issues.
Contact us at Heartwood Enterprises, Inc. if you want to learn more or have any questions. We are happy to discuss options with you to make your home more energy efficient with insulation and replacement materials.