Renovating your home is about building for the future. Regardless of how old your house might be, a renovation can make it feel new and fully functional for modern living. Improving your home's energy efficiency can help you stay warmer during the winter, while cutting your heating bills in the process. Here are just a few energy efficient wrinkles you can incorporate into your home renovation plans:
Radiant Floor Heating (RFH)
You probably learned that heat rises when you were in elementary school. This basic thermodynamic property is why radiant flooring is so energy efficient. Radiant floor heat involves installing heating elements into or below your floors. By some estimates, radiant flooring is 30% more energy efficient than traditional forced air heating. Here are some ways you can utilize RFK in your home:
- Adding RFH to your Bathroom: because the vast majority of bathrooms are tiled, you can have your HVAC contractor incorporate electric heating coils directly beneath your bathroom tiles. These electric coils are durable and easy to control. Not mention, that they forever remove the problem of having to step, bare foot, onto a cold tile floor in the middle of the night again.
- Adding RFH to your Home: regardless of the type of flooring you have in your house (or may have installing during your renovation) you can incorporate a hydronic radiant floor heating system below your floors. Hydronic radiant floor systems essentially circulate hot water through tubes beneath your floor. As heat raises from these coils, it pushes up through your floors, and heats your home. Because this water circulates in an endless loop, it wastes very little water, and ranks among the most efficient ways to heat a home.
Radiant baseboards heating systems aren't a new idea. The major twist to radiant baseboard heating system involve improvements in the hardware and upgrades in the ways you can control them.
- Adding new Radiant Baseboard hardware: energy-star rated radiant baseboard heating systems can be added to any room of your home and offer improvements in the conductivity of the metal used to generate heat. Many homeowners are adding radiant baseboard heaters to home remodeling projects to serve as a secondary heating source, which is designed to efficiency help a space hold a particular temperature.
- Adding new Radiant Baseboard software: Smart thermostats offer an internet-connected, smart phone enabled, way to monitor how and when you heat your home. Adding a Smart thermostat to your home remodeling project will allow you to fine-tune when your radiant baseboard heating units kick on and off. They also allow you to control each unit individually.
If you're renovating your home, you have the power to make sure that it stays warmer in the future and saves your money in the process.