Energy efficiency and home performance should be at the top of your priority list on your next remodel. While the process itself is pretty straightforward, it’s easier said than done if you don’t know where to start or what approach to take.
In this post, California Energy Consultant Service shares the whole-house approach to energy efficiency.
The whole-house approach basically takes a look at your entire home and its energy consumption from a broader and wider lens. Instead of looking at individual components, such as the roof, windows and light bulbs, you see your house as an interrelated and interdependent system.
When we do an energy assessment of your home, we look at the energy interactions throughout your entire property. It’s important to understand that an inefficiency or deficiency in one element of your home can have a negative effect on your entire energy demand and waste.
For example, drafts coming from your doors and windows will pull heat away from your home. While you can counteract this with an efficient heater or furnace, it’s smarter and more energy-efficient if you address the drafts. This whole-house approach not only has a positive effect on the comfort level, but also on your energy savings.
Updating the Outdated
Since you’re looking at your home energy efficiency from a broader perspective, you have an idea what energy components of your house need updating. It’s always a good idea to start from top to bottom; basically, overhaul the critical parts with a large impact to your home. These include the windows, doors, siding and HVAC system.
It’s equally important to look at the other variables that affect energy efficiency. These include insulation and air sealing (or how air-tight the windows and doors are), as well as the local climate in your area.
How to Identify Waste and Inefficiency
Identifying the energy waste and inefficiency in your home is an important step to a whole-house approach to energy efficiency. While some parts are easy to identify, we recommend working with a professional like us for a more in-depth energy audit of your home.
At California Energy Consultant Service, we are a door, siding and window replacement contractor. We can help you improve the energy efficiency in your home. Call us today at (916) 239-7779 to learn more about our services. We offer energy assessment in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova, CA.