Older homes often are filled with elegance and charm, but aging electrical systems and inadequate ventilation can lead to costly hydro bills. Having your home retrofitted by a licensed professional can make your space more efficient and comfortable. Here’s what you need to know if your home is due for an upgrade.

 

What is Retrofitting?

A basic term in construction, retrofitting simply means adding energy-efficient updates to an older home. When you choose a licensed and skilled professional for your retrofitting project, he or she will examine your home and identify where improvements can be made.

 

The Benefits of Retrofitting Your Home

Homes that are retrofitted typically are more comfortable, healthier, safer, and more energy efficient. Here are some of the benefits you can expect when upgrading your home:

  • Energy savings: Retrofitting is good for both your wallet and the environment. Upgrading your electrical and heating system can reduce your own energy bills while helping to lower energy consumption nationwide, which can help mitigate climate change.
  • Increased comfort: If your home is drafty during wintertime and hot during the summer, there may be some inefficiency in its overall structure. Retrofitting allows your home to achieve temperature stability, allowing your family to feel comfortable year-round.
  • Higher Resale Value: Retrofitted homes tend to have a higher resale value due to their energy efficiency. Comfortable homes with good air quality and durability are much more appealing to prospective buyers.

 

What Home Automation Systems are Available?

With the help of a skilled electrician, you can enjoy the convenience of a “smart home.” Some of the automation systems available include:

  • Automatic lighting control
  • Smart thermostats
  • Security systems
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Breaker panels and “smart” outlets
  • Water sensors and actuators

 

What to Consider When Retrofitting Your Home

Thinking about making an upgrade to your home? Here are a few things to consider before construction begins:

  • Structural issues: If your home has existing structural problems or damaged areas, they will need to be repaired before the retrofit project can begin.
  • Heating and ventilation: Before upgrading your home, it may be necessary to consult with a heating professional regarding the post-renovation needs of the space. Heating systems can become over-sized when the airtightness of a building is increased.
  • Humidity levels: Mechanical ventilation may be necessary if retrofit work increases moisture levels in the home.

With a few upgrades, your beautiful historic home can feel as good as it looks. If you’re ready to enjoy a more energy-efficient and comfortable home through retrofitting, call us today to get started.

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