Many people look to create more living space by adding either one room extensions or converting garages or carports. At all stages of your renovations you need to consider heat loss when you want your rooms warm during June to October. There is a range of energy saving plans your renovations expert will suggest to keep the heat in when you want it, to lower your heating bills. Equally, you will want to keep your air conditioning bills low so those same experts will suggest means to keep the heat of the sun from penetrating your home so you don’t need to operate the cool air condition for long hours.
Where new construction joins your current home, there might be openings that need to be both filled and sealed. You will need to consider further insulation and almost certainly air sealing at the top of foundation walls, all around windows, anywhere the ceiling has been modified and any potential air leaks via hatches and light fittings. You must not forget the sealing of light fixtures and wiring boxes and anything goes through the exterior walls to the outside elements.
Experts in two storey buildings can help you look at upper floor dormers to extend or rearrange them to give you energy savings. Heat loss can be high in dormers. They are usually at the highest level of the building and that is where your heat gathers; heat rises – you learned it in school. They might suggest perfectly sealed rigid board so you can cut down on air leaks and heat loss.
Above or alongside the dormer, the crawl space is often a neglected source for lost heat and air movement. You will be able to suggest to your experts that they deal with the problem while completing your other works.
Windows that are energy efficient will reduce your energy bills and aid your comfort levels. This is particularly important in older properties where the windows may not have been upgraded for many years.
Downstairs, your expert in home renovation might suggest those large covered porches can be closed in to give you both extra space and storm proof the front entrance against rain and sun, heat loss and eliminate drafts.