There has been a big drive to increase energy efficiency over the past few years. This is not only the case for new buildings but older properties too. While the heritage and original aesthetics of historic buildings need to be maintained, energy efficiency levels also have to be improved in many cases. But what are the benefits of doing so? Read on to find out more.
One of the biggest benefits that comes with improving energy efficiency in older homes is the money that can be saved. Depending on the extent of the changes being made – be it new windows, or improving insulation in the floors, walls or ceilings, you will be able to cut down a significant amount of heat loss in an old building, lowering energy bills and eventually seeing a return on the money spent for the changes that were implemented.
Reduce carbon emissions
Reducing the carbon footprint produced by buildings of all ages is one of the main reasons behind the changing attitudes towards energy consumption. Retrofitting an older building will reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses being released into the atmosphere. In terms of the bigger picture, this will help the ongoing fight against climate change, on both a local and global level.
Higher resale value
While older buildings that have been well maintained to retain their original fixtures and fittings will get a healthy sum on the market, improving the energy efficiency will increase it even further. Not only will it be more comfortable to live, but an energy efficient building will also have a longer lifecycle, cost less to operate, and have lower maintenance fees. And with more light coming into the building, it improves the quality of lifestyle for those who live or work there.
Better warmth and comfort
With increased energy efficiency comes better air flow, along with improved moisture and heat insulation. By controlling the air flow throughout an older building you reduce the likelihood of hot and cold spots appearing in different rooms. There is a better spread of warmth around the entire building, making life much more comfortable. Where a building with older windows might let in draughts, retrofitting with energy efficient alternatives will seal in the heat for longer periods of time.
Breathe in fresh air
Although it isn’t visible, the air in every building is constantly being filled with moisture. Whether it’s other people, microwaves, plants, kettles, carpets or even paint fumes – we need to constantly refresh the air around us to ensure it remains clean and healthy. Building codes recommend that the air circulating in the home should be refreshed every 3-4 hours. Installing energy efficient windows ensures rooms can remain ventilated and receiving fresh air to remove unwanted moisture and odours.
Rising moisture levels can easily develop in older buildings that lack energy efficiency. If there is constant condensation and window fogging, it can quickly develop mould and damp which not only creates health problems but can seriously damage the integrity of an older building’s structure. Too much humidity can create these issues, but installing windows and features that provide more consistency in terms of airflow will remove this problem.