As a waterfront homeowner, you may notice how the weather dramatically impacts your home. Most waterfront properties take advantage of the beautiful views by incorporating a good number of windows. However, incoming sunlight can easily change the temperature of your home. We understand the importance of creating an energy-efficient home that helps the environment and saves you money. This article explores the top energy-efficient projects for waterfront homes.
Invest in the Right Windows
It is always a good idea to invest in great windows, but the impact of your windows is significant for waterfront properties. The energy performance rating for windows can be measured by the U-value, which generally falls between .20 and 1.20. The U-value tells you how much heat is lost or gained through your windows. The lower the rater, the more energy-efficient your window should be. For waterfront homes, installing windows with suitable materials can make your home more energy efficient.
Install a New Door
When it comes to being energy efficient, the doors in your home are just as important as the windows. Heat and cool air can pass through the gaps of your doorways, requiring more energy to control your home’s temperature. Houses built on the waterfront often experience harsh winds and temperatures. Having a new, adequately installed door helps prevent air leakage.
Another energy-efficient project for waterfront properties is to install awnings. You may notice many homeowners take advantage of retractable awnings to help cool down the interior of their beach houses. Waterfront properties can benefit from retractable awnings by reducing heat in the summer and letting the sun warm the house in the winter. Awnings also offer a unique design element that can enhance the style of your home. Homeowners can choose from a variety of materials, colors, and patterns that all require minimal maintenance.
If you are building or renovating a waterfront property, contact Mueller Homes to learn more about your home’s energy efficiency. For more ideas, download our FREE ebook, “Designing & Building Your Custom Dream Home: How to Create an Experience You’ll Love to Remember.”