Remodeling is one of the very best investments you can make in your home. It allows you to stylize your existing home to better fit your family needs while, at the same time, helping to keep your most important asset up-to-date and energy efficient.
We went back to the house about three weeks after starting the project to see the results and find out if our efforts have improved the ventilation in the attic. We are going to go up in the attic to see what we have done. The first day that we were out here the ambient temperature was 86F degrees and today it is supposed to be 104F.
One of the first things we did is to add an attic cap over the attic access to make sure any of the last heat that may be in the attic does not come through the attic access door and into the house.
We have basically done five major things energy efficiency to the house:
- Added our eShield radiant barrier
- Added R-22 Insulation to the attic
- Added Solar Attic Ventilators to replace the previous static Attic ventilator
- Wrapped the hot water heater
- Put in smart vents to get more ventilation into the roof area to help move the air out
Now that we finished our work you can feel the difference in the temperature in this attic and see it with a thermometer. Even in the areas that we leave open for the ventilation to get out causes an effect. Because we added so much ventilation the air is now moving out better. Even the roof deck on the bottom side where the air is going out is only 104F, where it was 141F before.
Having completed the projects the homeowners tells us that the air conditioning that never seemed to go off during the summer time, now goes on about once an hour for four to five minutes and it’s as cool as they need it to be.
More Helpful Hints
Whether you have invested thousands of dollars in new siding, multi-pane windows, a radiant barrier, and proper weather-stripping or just doing what you can to save a little money, there are still many things a wise homeowner can and should do to ensure they are conserving energy and keeping their heating and air conditioning bills as low as possible. Some of these ideas may seem a bit obvious but I am constantly surprised how many people I meet during my workweek who do not take these simple steps to a more energy efficient home.
Check your home for leaking faucets or running toilets. A slow drip from your kitchen faucet may seem minor but, over time, the loss of water will run into the hundreds of gallons…costing you money. In drought-stricken Texas, saving water is not only smart; it’s the mark of a good citizen. Along the same lines, use low-flow restrictors on your showerheads and faucets. If you don’t have them already, low flow toilets are a great option and sometimes qualify for city or state rebates.
Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 125 degrees. This is not only smart from an energy saving perspective but crucial if you have small children in your home. When washing clothes, warm or even cold water can often do the job just as well as hot water.
Have your A/C unit checked out by a qualified professional once a year. Change your A/C filters once a month during the summer and your heating filters once a month during the winter. If your unit has restricted airflow, the strain will definitely take its toll on the overall life of your system. A little maintenance now will definitely pay off in the long run.
Keep your thermostats at a reasonable level. No one wants to sweat out the hot Austin summers or freeze in the winter. But ceiling fans in the summer will allow you to keep your household temperatures around 78 degrees and still maintain comfort. By the same token, dressing warmly in the winter allows you to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter without any real duress.
Find out how easy it is to “Go Green” while saving hundreds of dollars a year or more on your heating and cooling bills. Call Statewide Remodeling today at 888.270.7206 or visit us online to sign up for a free in-home estimate of your energy savings needs.