I wanted to make some energy-efficient upgrades that would help raise the value of the home when I decided I wanted to sell it.
The first thing I did was upgrade all of the single pane windows with aluminum frames to double pane windows with vinyl frames, which do a much better task of insulating the home.
Next I upgraded to a smart temperature control with zone control, which lets me remotely program the temperature control, and allows me to direct the flow of air throughout the home, so that energy is not wasted treating vacant rooms! My favorite upgrade I made, but, was installing radiant heated floors throughout the house, but radiant heated floors are installed underneath the existing flooring, making little to no visual change to the floors themselves. Radiant heated floors use a heating element that radiates heat throughout the house, helping to maintain a consistent temperature. Since the floors radiate heat to keep the home warm, our HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the home at the desired temperature. The upgrade was quick, and the difference in the floor is barely noticeable, and looks pretty much the same. Not only are radiant heated floors energy efficient, however the feeling of waking up in the middle of the night to use the washroom and walking on a heated floor is so comfy and feels good. If you are looking to make energy efficient (and pricey) upgrades to your home, talk to your local HVAC provider to see if radiant heated floors are right for you!