Home renovations are often expensive, time-consuming, and drawn-out ordeals. You have builders in your home for a matter of weeks and sometimes even months – and you have a good deal of disruption to your everyday life, too. Of course, the end result is a wonderful one for you and your family. Your home is improved and secured for the future, and the value of your property rises, too. But many families miss the opportunity to go a step further with their renovations, making other essential changes to their home as they do so, and this article explains which priorities you should consider in this regard.
When you’re ripping up walls and floors, and your home is going through some changes, it’s important to consider how you can inject a better heating system into your home. Whether you do this with underfloor heating, or by replacing your boiler and radiators with different and more efficient systems, you have the opportunity to install superior heating systems into your home when you’re renovating. It’s a key part of your home’s infrastructure and will boost your home’s value, too.
Meanwhile, for the hottest months, you’re going to want to install some cooling infrastructure that makes your home as comfortable as possible to live in. You can do this in a number of ways, depending on the budget you have at your disposal, and the system you’d like to introduce into your home’s interior. One of the most popular and effective air condition systems on the market today is the ducted air conditioning system, which is controlled from one central machine. Cool air is pumped into rooms in your home from the ceiling, or through walls. Naturally, this is a big job – and the perfect thing to consider when you’re going through a renovation.
With both heating and cooling, you’ll have to use less electricity or gas to power your infrastructure if your home is better equipped with insulation to keep the cool or the warmth within your home. Insulation is one of the most important elements to a home’s energy rating. It will reduce your energy bills, as well as reduce your carbon footprint. Consider installing better insulation in walls, and improving windows with double glazing, when you’re running your renovation through your home.
Another excellent way to make your home eco-friendly in the midst of a renovation is to install solar panels to your roof. This is a laborious process that involves fitting the panels themselves, and some other hardware to ensure that the energy you capture is able to be used in your home. With these panels installed, you’ll be well-placed to stop paying for electricity altogether. Instead, you will be using the heat and light from the sun to power all of the appliances in your home, including your cooling and heating systems. This initial investment is one that will pay for itself over time. Therefore, it’s a no-brainer when you’re already planning a home renovation.
Take these four opportunities to improve your home the next time you renovate and improve your property.