Best Strategies to Make Your Home Addition Energy-Efficient

October 9th, 2020 | by caronq

A home addition is not just about expanding your living space and improving the overall design of your home. It is also about incorporating money-saving features to help boost your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some of the best ways to incorporate these into your addition.

Install Multiple-Paned Windows

Adding energy-efficient windows are a great way to reduce energy costs throughout your home. Choose replacement window units with at least two panes of glass and inert gas fill in between to minimize heat transfer and keep your indoors comfortable. For better insulation, choose wood or vinyl window frames with a thermal break.

Take Advantage of Natural Ventilation

A home addition allows you to focus on the proper window placement that takes natural light and air movement into account. With this, you can achieve natural cooling during spring, summer and fall, and passive solar heating during winter.

Purchase Light-Colored Roofing

Covering your home addition with the right type of roofing system helps reduce heat gain in the summer and ensure consistent indoor comfort year-round. It should have a radiant barrier placed underneath the decking or sheathing as well as above-adequate insulation in the attic.

Use the Right Artificial Lighting

Before you choose the right lighting fixtures for your home addition, think carefully about how you want to use the space. The combination of whole-room lighting and task lighting is the most efficient solution. As for the light bulbs, choose compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), halogen incandescent bulbs and light-emitting diode (LED) lights. These can help you spend as much as 80% less energy compared to traditional incandescent lights.

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