With all the studies that are showing our Earth is in major trouble; people all over the world are looking for ways to increase their sustainability. One area that you can make a difference is right there in your home. Green home remodeling is catching on, and more and more people are finding green home remodeling a way to make a difference in this world we live in. Some may decide to use more environmentally friendly materials when building their home, and others may be looking for ways to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Future Vision Remodeling is here to talk about a few ways that you can create a greener home through remodeling.
Green Roof Construction Systems
The roof on your home plays a big role in whether or not your home is energy efficient. You are most likely looking for roofing materials that you feel are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but choosing greener options is also something that should be important to you. When you choose green materials for your roof, your house will be able to stay cooler during the warmest months of the year. These roofs work to reflect the sun’s UV rays and in turn, keep your home cooler. You may even consider solar shingles as part of your roof to save on energy costs at the same time.
Direct Vent Gas Fireplace
Although a wood burning fireplace creates the ultimate ambience, it doesn’t heat a space very well. When you have a direct vent fireplace installed, it will pull outside air into the unit to aid in combustion. A wood burning fireplace only converts 10% of the energy used to produce the fire into your home to heat it. With a direct vent fireplace, you can count on 80% of the energy it uses to operate converted into heat for your home.
Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring
Choosing a reclaimed material for your flooring is a fabulous greener choice. This doesn’t mean the only option available to you is old wood, but rather, any flooring material that has been used previously in a different way. If you choose stone, terracotta or wood that has been used perhaps in a different home many years ago, you can add unique character to your space and beauty that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere.
Most homes are the market are under insulated. Even if they had proper insulating when they were first built, over time, that insulation starts to degrade and isn’t as efficient. Many things can cause this like pests and even construction projects over the years. Insulation is important in maintaining a green home. If you are wasting the energy it takes to heat and cool your home, updating your insulation is an excellent green remodel option.
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These are just a few of the many ways that you can choose green remodeling projects for your home. Creating a greener home is just one way to make an impact on the world we live in for good. Call Future Vision Remodeling today for more information on green remodeling to make your home more energy efficient.