Green Home Improvements that Appeal to Buyers
More and more home buyers are interested in purchasing a green home. If your home is relatively new, you may not have to put much effort into making your home appeal to those buyers, but what if you have an older home? Here are a few green home improvements that appeal to buyers who are environmentally conscious.
Double Paned Windows
A double paned window is made with two glass panels facing each other with a small space between them. These glass panels are placed in a frame. These windows are desirable because they are often filled with argon (a non-toxic gas) or air. The addition of this gas or air helps to insulate and provides a more energy efficient window.
Another benefit of the double paned window is the reduction of noise that comes from having them installed. Because of the thickness and insulation, you are less likely to hear outside traffic and neighborhood noise.
Double paned windows can be coated with a UV protection glaze. The strength of this glaze is dependent on the climate in which they will be installed. In colder areas, the windows should allow sun in to the home to help with heating costs. In warmer areas, the windows should keep much of the sun out in order to help with cooling costs.
Insulation helps to keep the temperature in the home regulated. Keeping the temperature regulated adds to the energy efficiency and comfort of the home. Insulation will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Adding additional insulation to your home can be a low cost way to make your home appeal to buyers looking for a green home.
The insulation in your home is a protective shield against outside temperatures, pollution, and other irritants. It also serves as a noise barrier. Insulation keeps the sounds from inside your home where they belong and limits to the amount of outside noise that gets inside.
When considering insulation remember to take care of drafts by using weather stripping or caulk around doors and windows. Check the attic, basement, and walls that are connected to garages. Adding more insulation to these areas can be beneficial.
Heating and Cooling Systems
One of the best investments you can make to ensure you home is more energy efficient is in your heating and cooling systems. One thing to check is the size of your central unit or furnace. Make sure it’s the correct size for your home. If either of those are too large or too small for the space, they are costing you extra money and make your home less efficient.
Check the duct work throughout your home. If you have leaks in your duct work, the heated or cooled air is being wasted within the walls.
Give your systems a bit of help with the addition of ceiling fans and compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Ceiling fans help to circulate the air throughout the home. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs produce less heat.
Other Green Tips
There are other things you can do to make your home more appealing to a buyer looking for a green home.
- Replace incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs. They save energy and decrease greenhouse gases.
- Add water filters to your sinks to remove the need for bottled water. This shows potential home buyers that you are environmentally conscious.
- Add timers to lights or use lighting that has sensors that recognize when someone comes in or leaves a room.
- Have a system and a space for recycling. Keep the area neat and orderly.
Taking the time to improve these things will make your home more attractive to those buyers who are looking for a home that is kind to the environment and meets their green expectations.
If you have questions about the benefits of making your home more energy efficient before you sell, call Suzanne at 601-613-6813 to schedule an appointment!