Home Improvements Eden Prairie MN | Replacement Windows & Insulation

 Eden Prairie Home Improvement and Remodeling

Saving money and living green are trends that aren’t likely to disappear anytime soon. Basically, any “green” upgrade that’s going to save money on utility bills will be highly appealing to people looking for a new home. Plus, green remodeling can usually pay for itself within a matter of years, depending on the initial expense and the household’s energy use. An additional benefit is that buyers are typically drawn to energy-efficient upgrades, anticipating that they will reap the financial rewards of the previous owner’s foresight.

Insulation and Air Sealing

One of the best ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home is to add another layer of insulation if there isn’t enough. Unless a house is located in paradise, where the weather is always perfect, it will most likely need some amount of heating and cooling for portions of the year. Whenever a house is heated or cooled, insulation is essential for maintaining an energy-efficient and comfortable home.

For insulation to perform properly, we must also seal the house to eliminate air movement through it. Selecting the appropriate insulation and air sealing materials and following proper installation methods is critical to creating a green home.

Can you tell which home had their attic insulated?

Some of the biggest air leaks in your home can often be traced to the attic, resulting in sky-high energy bills and a house that’s too warm in summer, and too cold in winter. However, the good news is that the attic is one of the easier rooms to insulate and air seal, leading to improved home comfort, lower energy bills and a better overall energy performance. To determine if you have enough insulation in your attic, measure the existing amount of insulation. If there is less than twelve inches, you most likely need additional insulation.

While some people would say that they cannot afford to put insulation in right now, what they should be saying is that they cannot afford not to. To save money you sometimes have to spend a little. Remember, even though you may not be in the middle of winter at this very moment, it will come faster than you think.

Consider it an investment for not just your heating bills but also for the value of your home. When it comes time to sell your home, the added benefit of having attic insulation in the home will show potential home buyers that they too can save money on their heating bills. This makes your home a more attractive choice for anyone looking to purchase a new home.

Energy Efficient Window Replacement

These days, buyers shop for homes with energy efficiency in mind. Old, drafty single-pane windows are a major turn off.  It’s hard to have an energy efficient home with out energy efficient windows. Poor quality drafty windows can make a big impact on your energy bill. A popular selection for many new homes as well as renovation projects is vinyl windows.

The technology used to produce today’s vinyl replacement windows has dramatically changed. Within just the last decade, the changes in design and construction technologies have made giant strides toward high energy efficiency while maintaining elegant beauty.

According to energystar.gov you can save $125 – $340 a year by replacing old single pane windows with new energy efficient Richlin Vinyl Replacement Windows.

National-Window-Replacement-Savings Estimate

Vinyl windows have several advantages. Unlike metal windows, a vinyl window will not allow the temperature outside to transfer to the inside of a home. Vinyl windows also typically have double paned glass. This means there are two pieces of glass with an air space between them making a much more efficient unit and incorporating sound deadening qualities.

To be sure that you are purchasing a good quality vinyl window, always look for the energy star label. Replacing your old windows with new energy efficiency ones will not only make your home look better but also stop cold/warm air transfer around windows and save you money on your energy bill.

An energy audit conducted by a professional would serve as a great start to assessing what areas need some help. In some cases, you can ask your energy provider for a free inspection.  If not, then calling a qualified Minnesota home improvement contractor is the first step in making you’re home more energy efficient.

Financing Your Home Improvement Project

Home Improvement and Remodeling is not an exact science. Expensive hidden problems can be uncovered once work has begun.

To obtain financing for your home improvement project, your contractor may be able to assist you in securing the financing you need.