Summer home improvements can bring a constant stream of enlightenment, joy and wonder. Indeed, the Home Improvement Research Institutes reports that home improvement sales growth is expected to average 6.9% from 2014 to 2015.
That’s good for the vendors but for a homeowner, the joy of adding to the home can offset the increase in summer energy bills. This is something that a majority of homeowners tend to overlook because of the perception that energy efficient improvements lack aesthetic appeal.
While the perception did hold water several years ago, style and luxury are now the guiding principles for modern-day designers.
If you’ve been planning for home improvements during the upcoming dog days of summer, the following additions can increase the aesthetic appeal of your home while reducing energy drains:
1. Storm doors
Storm doors feature elegant details including stylish sidelights and transoms. These doors save energy during the summers in two different ways:
- · By acting as a barrier to the summer weather, reducing air leaks from the main door.
- · By making an insulating air pocket to reduce heat conduction from an existing door.
Some storm door options include a retractable screen that can be rolled up and stored inside the frame when it is not being used. So you can get a full-view primary door for a retracted screen and ventilation when it is in use. The availability of different designs, colors and styles makes it easy to search for one that complements your home’s look.
2. Eco-friendly window shutters
Plantation shutters can be a stylish and simple addition that increases your home’s resale value and compliments traditional and modern covering styles. Regardless of their make: faux wood or real wood, you can enjoy their timeless style in bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms.
Composite shutters are similar to real wood shutters in their outlook, but they feature synthetic materials. They are resistant to cracking and fading and are able to survive in high humidity areas as a result. Moreover, they protect inside furnishings from damaging UV rays when the slates are shut and the insulating design helps in reducing your energy bills.
3. Sprinkler systems
Installing a sprinkler/irrigation system during summers can significantly reduce overall energy bills and translate into application efficiency. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to revamp your home and save time and money in the process. Water consumption is reduced because these systems prevent flooding and runoff from over-watering.
However, there is more to the installation of sprinkler systems than only sprinklers. One of the critical factors that determine the efficiency and long-term performance of the system is design. So if you get professional help with this home improvement, it is important to get a system design created before the installation.
4. Ceiling fans
Ceiling fans will keep the insides of your home cool during summers and reduce the frequent use of air conditioner. Running in reverse, their low speed leads to upward air flow and recirculation of cool air downward in rooms.
Though ceiling fans require electricity, they rely on less energy compared to air conditioners. The energy efficient models come with larger or greater numbers of blades. Flush mount and hugger designs add to the appeal of the room in which they are installed.
These improvements are not only going to add aesthetic appeal, but will end up in cost-savings over the long term.