Energy saving home improvements
Many property owners have buildings that are far behind the current trends in energy technology. The solution to this is to renovate your home in order to save energy. Combining several individual home improvement measures can make a big difference: improving the insulation of buildings reduces heat loss and energy demand, while modern heating technologies allow the remaining energy needs to be met quickly and efficiently. Such investments mean that your home can become more comfortable, increase its value and contribute to a healthier and less polluted environment.
In family homes that are not insulated, unused heat is lost through windows, outer walls, the floor and roof.
The first step that you need to think about is how to improve the façade of your building, considering that the renovation should take account of the whole building, not just individual parts.
From all of the elements of a building, the roof is exposed to the greatest environmental impact. Because of its large surface area, the roof accounts for a significant percentage of heat lost, approximately 20%. That is why a very thick layer of insulation in the roof is recommended and is usually is not difficult very difficult to install. There are two possibilities to improve the energy efficiency of the sloping roof: insulation can be applied on the slope of the roof if the attic is used as a living space or for recreation, or on the floor of the attic if the attic is only used for storage. You can find a number of insulation materials on the market, and each type is available in several forms, such as: boards, washers, nails or unbonded.
Most Macedonian residential buildings are fully or partially equipped with single glazed windows, often with resilient joints. Exterior doors also often consist of glass and a frame that provide poor isolation. These windows and doors account for huge energy losses and uncomfortable indoor climates. Therefore, single glass windows and penetrable windows and outside doors should be replaced. Heat loss arising from a glass window is expressed by the coefficient of thermal conductivity, also known as the U-index. The lower this value is, the better the thermal protection. When buying window panes, you need to choose those that have a low U-value index.
You can make additional savings using thermal insulation mortar. Energy savings with thermal insulation materials can climb to 23%, compared with only 13% achieved by ordinary insulating mortar.
Think long term and solve problems associated with energy loss. Eco client advisers at all branches of ProCredit Bank will be more than happy to give advice about energy efficient solutions for you.