Renovating a home always causes a certain amount of disruption, so it makes sense to complete as many improvements as possible while you’re in the renovating mode.
Toronto homeowner Jim Poole knew that he'd be making some energy-saving choices as part of his overall home renovations, so he decided to have a home energy audit to qualify for government grants for energy-saving improvements and retrofits.
Poole booked his energy audit with a Toronto Home Energy Advisor, who conducted a detailed audit of the home’s structure and equipment. The Energy Advisor suggested ways to improve the insulation, and the heating and cooling equipment, to maximize the Toronto home’s energy efficiency. And because Poole was planning to expand his home’s living space, he wanted to make sure it would be consistently comfortable.
Poole’s Home Energy Advisor explained that many home renovation projects focus on improving the home’s living space, often with additions or expanded rooms.
This expansion, however, can add extra challenges to an already-overworked heating and cooling system as it tries to maintain a comfortable temperature in a larger space. The Advisor explained that combining cosmetic renovations with energy renovations is a good way to make a home more comfortable overall.
Insulation and furnace
Following his Toronto Home Energy Advisor’s advice, Poole added insulation to his home’s attic as part of his overall renovations, and installed a high-efficiency gas furnace with a DC motor to replace his home’s old lower-efficiency furnace. The timing was good, he says, because the old furnace was ready to be replaced.
Poole discovered that by replacing the furnace and central air conditioner at the same time as you renovate the house, you can be sure the new heating and cooling equipment has the capacity to keep the home comfortable. And adding insulation before the walls or ceilings are finished lets you improve the new furnace’s ability to keep the home at an even temperature, while using less energy.
Since doing his renovations, Poole notes his Toronto home’s energy bills have gone down, and the home “is more comfortable temperature-wise.” And, he says, living “in a temperature-friendly house ... will benefit the family.”
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Each Toronto home has its own specific energy-savings needs, and yours is no different. The right renovations add up to big savings. By following the expert advice of a certified Ontario energy advisor, you’ll make the energy renovations or "retrofits" that are right for your Toronto home — and help improve your energy costs and the Greater Toronto environment.
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