What are the most impactful home improvements?

September 2, 2020   By Dhoof Mohamed

What are the most impactful home improvements?

Despite COVID-19, the demand for home improvements in Texas is as strong as ever. According to Hatch, the search for “remodeling” and other related home improvement terms have slightly increased since the lockdowns began earlier this year.

With this demand in mind, homeowners should take several factors into consideration in order to get the best ROI for their dollars. In addition to increasing aesthetics, many home improvement projects can increase energy efficiency and be beneficial long term.

Curious about which home improvements can help to lower your energy bill? Read on to learn more.

Home insulation

Proper insulation is one of the cornerstones of an energy efficient home. Insulation is vital because it defends against heating and cooling exiting a home. Even with the best A/C and HVAC systems, energy will continue to escape a home until it is properly insulated. Under-insulation can waste more than 20 percent of the energy needed to maintain a home’s temperature. With proper insulation installed in your home, you can save hundreds of dollars in energy costs over the course of a year.

Tune up your AC

One of the worst things that can happen in the summer is a broken air conditioning system. The average cost of a new AC system ranges from $3,000 to more than $7,500. Maintaining your current AC system can prevent unnecessary costs associated with repairing or purchasing a new system. A typical AC tune up includes a full inspection and cleaning of the system. This can help make your system more energy efficient and detect minor issues before they become significant.

Invest in smart appliances

Smart appliances are some of the best investments you can make for home improvement projects because they frequently lead to increased energy efficiency. Many appliances, such as microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, and washing machines, have smart alternatives. Although these appliances can come with a substantial upfront cost, the energy savings throughout the year can make up for the difference in cost. Many of these newer smart appliances have high Energy STAR ratings, which indicate they are extremely energy efficient in comparison to other appliances.

Replace windows

Windows are a major culprit when it comes to heating and cooling leakage around a home. Old and damaged windows can lead to uncomfortable temperatures in the home – plus higher energy costs. The most cost-effective window replacement models include double-hung windows, single-hung windows and casement windows. Replacing windows is one of the cheaper options for home improvement; the overall cost can be anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a thousand dollars depending on how many windows are being replaced. Replacing your window will also increase your home’s market value, so the ROI of replacing your windows will pay dividends in the future.

 

Dhoof Mohamed writes about energy and IT topics for various clients. His academic interests include solar energy initiatives and the future of sustainable energy. His articles have appeared on SiteProNews, ChooseFlorida and the office of the U.S. Embassy. You can reach him at dhoof@dhoofmohamed.com.

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