Ambler, PA (PRWEB) September 25, 2013
If you're in the market for a new home, make sure you carefully examine the houses you visit to see which building products installed in the home can help save on your long-term energy bills. Choosing a home constructed with energy efficient and easy maintenance products can help keep the "green" in your home ... and in your wallet.
"Look beyond the number of bedrooms and bathrooms when visiting homes for sale," says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement talk show. "Homebuyers should walk in with a checklist that includes seeking out ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances, windows and HVAC systems. They should also be looking for a roof with an exceptional warranty, an energy-efficient fiberglass entry door, and preferably an insulated precast concrete basement. Low-maintenance exterior siding, trim shutters and other details also play into the equation."
Clement, a professional contractor with 20+ years of experience, believes homebuyers can save long-term funds by making smart purchasing decisions in the beginning. "You don't buy a house for today, but a home for tomorrow," says Clement. "You want it to last without having to replace half of the home while you live there.
"A professional home inspector can easily identify 'problem areas' of a home that may need immediate or imminent repair, but an educated consumer who asks questions up front during an initial home visit can walk away with solid information to help maximize value during a purchasing decision. Try not to fall in love with a home until you get to know the products it's constructed with, their projected lifespan and energy-efficiency features."
From his experience, Clement offers consumers this "take along checklist" for evaluating homes "from the bottom up" when visiting houses for sale:
A second inspection by an HVAC professional may also pay for itself in a few months of utility bills. HVAC systems are often over or undersized. Ductwork that's too small takes a trained eye to spot. In other words, even if a furnace's rating is 98 percent efficient, if the ducts it runs into are too small the unit will never run at peak efficiency --- and you'll pay for it in your utility bills.
Touch the door and check for drafts around the perimeter. If the door feels hot or cold, there may not be enough adequate insulation in its construction. And, look carefully at the weatherstripping to make sure it has not worn out, which can cause air leakage. Also look for bubbling or faded paint at the edges, rust or other signs of wear. If a door needs to be replaced, consider the fiberglass entry doors in the Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® line. They can come with woodgrain for staining or a smooth surface that can be painted to accent any home design.
Manufacturers like Simonton Windows offer ENERGY STAR qualified glass packages with Argon or Krypton gas fill. These harmless gasses help prevent the penetration of ultraviolet rays into the home and help keep a home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, resulting in lower energy bills for the homeowner.
Look for a roof that has a strong warranty (like the 50-year limited warranty found on impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes® polymer slate and shake roofs) to assure you won't be replacing the roof often. You can also look for a home with a “Cool Roof” with an ENERGY STAR rating that can help lower your home’s overall energy costs.
For more home improvement tips, visit http://www.myfixituplife.com.
ENERGY STAR is a government program that helps consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency and is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.