For those who have just recently purchased a home and are interested in improving the structure to make it more environmentally friendly, knowing where to start is easier said than done. If your home wasn’t sold or advertised specifically as being energy efficient, there’s a good chance that BrightHOME can do a number of things to improve its overall performance.
The steps you decide to take now can help to increase your home’s resale value, improve indoor air quality, reduce your energy bills and provide you and your family with year-round, lasting comfort.
What is a Green Retrofit?
A green retrofit can mean something different for every home, but in the end, it refers to the process of examining an existing structure for home performance issues and developing a plan for correcting them. The goal of any green retrofit is to implement the right changes to make a home more energy efficient and reduce its carbon footprint. It’s an instrumental part of not only making your home more comfortable and healthier, but also helping to ensure that the structural integrity of your home stays strong for many years to come.
The Makeover Process
As you might expect, a green retrofit is made up of a few different steps, all of which must be completed thoroughly and accurately to yield effective results. While each retrofit will be different depending upon circumstances and findings, these are the most common parts of the process:
A home energy audit is the process of evaluating the home for inefficiencies via both a visual walkthrough and the use of state-of-the-art technologies, such as blower door tests and infrared cameras. Our team of certified BPI analysts can pinpoint any problems in your home by taking a “whole home” approach to the audit process, answering any questions you may have along the way.
Insulation is one of the most important factors of home performance and energy efficiency. Many people don’t realize, however, that up to 90% of U.S. homes are actually under-insulated, which means a major portion of homeowners throughout the country are spending more than they should be on their energy bills and may be living in discomfort. Most old insulation is dirty and thin, allowing air to pass through easily and spread contaminants throughout the home. When removed and replaced with new, high-performance cellulose or spray foam insulation, differences in indoor comfort levels are very noticeable.
One of the biggest misconceptions among homeowners is that the air in our homes is conditioned and safe to breathe. More often than not, however, outside air enters the home through tiny cracks and gaps, many of which are nearly impossible to see with the naked eye. The home envelope must be properly sealed in order to ensure that outside air stays where it belongs, and the solution can be found in air sealing.
When was the last time you thought about the crawl space in your home? Part of the air sealing process is actually making sure that the crawlspace is examined in order to ascertain its current condition. If it hasn’t previously been sealed away from the home, you and your family may be at risk of health problems that could come as a result of poor indoor air quality as air passes through the crawlspace. Crawlspaces that aren’t properly sealed can also allow moisture to infiltrate your home, causing humidity issues that can lead to damaging mold and mildew. Encapsulate your crawlspace, and these issues disappear.
Windows and Doors
Once your home’s air sealing and insulation have been addressed, we’ll take a close look at your home’s windows and doors. The edges of windows and doors can be common “problem areas” for air leaks, especially in windows that are outdated. Older models typically allow more unwanted air loss than do modern, more energy efficient models. Plus, new windows and doors can do a great deal of good for the aesthetic value of your home.
What are the Benefits?
Performing a green retrofit on your newly-purchased home is one of the best ways to start off on the right foot. Here are just a few benefits you can expect to enjoy once the retrofit has been completed:
Improved Indoor Air Quality
Enhanced Home Performance
Reduced Energy Bills
Longer Systems Life
A Safer, Healthier Home
We know that buying a new home can be as stressful as it is exciting, and we’re here to make the retrofit process as clear and easy to understand as possible.
BrightHOME: The Best Solution for New Homeowners
At BrightHOME, we take pride in helping first-time homeowners get the most out of their new investment. We do more than just work on your home during a retrofit; we make the process as educational as possible so that you can learn how to get the most out of home performance and energy efficiency. Our team of building science experts can help you to find the best financing options. We guarantee a 40% improvement in overall home performance once the work has been performed!
We’re your one-stop-shop for creating a healthier, more comfortable and energy-efficient home environment. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!
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