Antique homes are a sight to behold. There's a distinct area of my town with a number of early 1920's style homes that still stand tall today. The wrap-around porches. Big, brawny interior. Solid oak flooring with that piercing creak as you walk. High ceilings. Shudders covering the windows. The list goes on.
But what most antique homes – and many modern homes – lack is a fundamentally sound, energy efficient setup. There's the thin window panes, or the less-than-desirable air circulation. As the home ages, there may be small, subtle cracks in the duct work, or gaps in the attic for air that interfere with temperature control throughout the home.
Remodeling your home to be as energy efficient as possible obviously aids the homeowner in a number of ways. But determining which areas of the home need the most patchwork, regardless of whether you're trying to update a historic home or modern one, is key. From adding more insulation to replacing windows on down to regularly changing out air filters around the house, here are ways to survey and tackle your home's energy efficiency the right way. ... read more