Ask an Expert: Renovating for Energy Efficiency

Q: I’m looking to renovate my home to make it more energy efficient. What are some things that I should consider?

80% of your home’s energy is lost through openings in your “envelope” or exterior of your home. Preforming a Blow Door Test can help identify unwanted air leakage that can be repaired to maximize energy efficiency. Here are a few tips to consider:

1. Upgrade or replace older windows with triple-paned windows.

2. Heat rises. Having a well-insulated, properly ventilated attic is important.

3. By replacing an older furnace with a high efficiency system and HRV unit, you can maximize the amount of energy absorption your home produces.

4. When re-cladding the exterior, ensure your envelope is air tight by sealing, caulking and/or taping all seams and cracks.

 

Text by Nino Giangrande, Grande Pacific Homes

Written by Canadian Home Trends

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