At Vermont Renovation and Remodeling, we believe in the power of informed decision-making. That’s why we’re here to share some insights on a crucial aspect of home renovation and remodeling: energy efficiency. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the factors you should consider when upgrading your home, focusing on windows and insulation.

The Evolution of Construction Technology

Over the past decade, the technology in the construction space has evolved significantly. This is particularly evident when we look at windows. Older homes, such as those built in the 1930s, often feature single-pane windows. While these windows have stood the test of time, they were not designed with energy efficiency in mind.

In contrast, modern windows are designed to keep the cold out and improve the comfort of your home. They come in various types, including double hung windows, casement windows, and awning windows. Each type has its own set of advantages and considerations.

Windows: A Key to Energy Efficiency

At Vermont Renovation and Remodeling, we have a personal preference for casement and awning windows. These types of windows offer a tight mechanical seal, which contributes significantly to energy efficiency. Moreover, as long as the glass is in good condition, these windows can be repaired almost indefinitely, making them a worthwhile long-term investment.

However, it’s important to note that these types of windows may cost more upfront. Therefore, it’s crucial to consider what you really want to achieve with your space before making a decision.

Insulation: Another Crucial Aspect

Insulation is another critical aspect of energy efficiency. At Vermont Renovation and Remodeling, we use thermal imaging cameras to identify problem areas in a home’s insulation. This technology allows us to focus on specific problem areas, rather than tearing apart a whole wall assembly.

It’s also important to consider the tightness of a house and how it’s mechanically ventilated. A house that’s sealed too tightly without proper ventilation can lead to problems. One solution is to use an air RV, which brings in fresh, filtered air.

The Environmental Impact of Insulation

Finally, we must consider the environmental impact of our choices. Certain types of insulation, particularly spray foam, have significant environmental implications. While spray foam may be suitable in certain circumstances, we generally advise against its use due to its environmental impact and cost.

Energy efficiency is a crucial consideration in home renovation and remodeling. By making informed decisions about windows and insulation, you can improve the comfort of your home, reduce your energy costs, and minimize your environmental impact.

At Vermont Renovation and Remodeling, we’re here to guide you through these decisions. Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we’ll delve deeper into green building science. As always, we welcome your comments, questions, and concerns.

About the author 

Bill Wockenfuss

Bill is a Remodeling and General Contractor located in Colchester VT Serving the Greater Burlington Vermont Area 

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