You may have home renovations low on your list of spending priorities, partly due to prohibitive costs. You may also think your home doesn't need upgrades, but you should think again.
Even if you feel relatively comfortable in your home, it's probably not nearly as efficient as it could be. You may have outdated windows with leaking seals that are letting out some heat, making your furnace work harder in the winter — or a similar situation with your air conditioner during the warmer months.
Improperly fitted entrances to your house, or those with dated or damaged weatherstripping, could also leave the door wide open for heat and cold to escape your home. In fact, Natural Resources Canada estimates that up 30 per cent of heat loss in older homes is due to air leakage from holes and cracks throughout the house.
Perhaps your home is also missing insulation, or the insulation it does have is not adequate to prevent energy loss. You can't always tell what's behind your walls, and you may be making assumptions that there's insulation from the basement to the attic — which is often not the case, especially in older homes. Upgrades to insulation will increase its R-value, which is the accepted industry standard for thermal resistance.
There's an easy way to figure out where your home is losing the most energy. A Certified Energy Advisor, such as Barrier Sciences Group, can look over your home from top to bottom and compile a list of building retrofits that would significantly boost your home's efficiency.
The incentive to complete this energy audit has never been greater. Currently, homeowners who complete two "energy-smart upgrades" that have been recommended by a professional can receive up to $5,000 of the costs back in grants through Union Gas!
Of course, it's always important to choose a respected local contractor that can provide the best services, from air sealing to installing insulation.
Once the retrofits and the paperwork have been completed, you can expect a hefty cheque in the mail! Remember, you can also expect to save money on your gas bill annually — up to 20 per cent — thanks to a more leak-proof home.
Contact Great Northern Insulation for professional insulation services and more.