Winter remodeling should have a purpose that corresponds with the season.
If you have a home improvement project and it is getting into the winter season, this may be the best time to get started.
Busy Contractors Might Be More Available
With V.A. and Sons Construction, we get booked up in the summer months, and after the summer we have more time for selected projects. We have more flexibility with dates, and once accepted, can focus our attention on your project to get it completed sooner than later.
Discounts on Materials
In addition to materials being more available and in stock, we offer discounts on these in our projects. We can pass through some savings to you and help keep the cost of the overall project lower.
Permits Might Get Approved FasterFewer permits are applied for in the winter months as as a result delays might be avoided compared to the summer months.
Painting is Better in the Winter MonthsNew paint can dry faster in winter months and as a result this can also help with your project.
Winterizing Your Home Saves Energy Costs
Energy costs can increase substantially in the winter months with heating. The State of Oregon has some tips for saving energy in heating your home.
1) Ductless Heat Pumps
Ductless heat pumps, sometimes called mini-split heat pumps, move warm or cool air without needing ductwork. These heat pumps are an efficient option for homes with baseboard heating.
Make it efficient: a good measure of efficiency for ductless heat pumps is a Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) rating. Aim for a rating of 10.0 or higher. You can also search for efficient models in the AHRI Directory .
2) Air-sourced ducted heat pumps
Air-sourced ducted heat pumps move air around existing ductwork, but use significantly less energy than furnaces.
Make it efficient: a good measure of efficiency for heat pumps is a Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) rating. Aim for a rating of 9.5 or higher.
3) Check Your Furnace Efficiency
air using electricity, natural gas, or other fuel, and distribute the heated
air throughout a home using ductwork. Upgrading to an efficient furnace
can save energy and money.
Make it efficient: A furnace is rated by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) score. The AFUE measures how efficiently a furnace uses its fuel. For example, an AFUE of 95 percent means that 95 percent of the energy in the furnace's fuel becomes heat for the home (the other 5 percent escapes up the chimney or elsewhere).
Insulation saves energy and improves comfort, keeping your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. Home performance contractors can assess your home and recommend cost-effective insulation and air leak sealing.
Make it efficient: insulation is assigned an R-value, which is a measure of thickness. The higher the R-value, the better! Aim for a minimum R-38 for attics, R-30 for floors, and R-21 for walls.
Windows - The Photo Above Shows Energy Loss
from Milguard Windows - How Window Performance Improves Energy Efficiency
"The red areas demonstrate that this house is losing most of its heat through the windows. Generally, heat loss occurs in three ways: infiltration, natural ventilation, and mechanical ventilation.
- “Infiltration” occurs when outdoor air flows into the house through openings, joints, and cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings, and around windows and doors.
- In “natural ventilation”, air moves through open windows and doors.
- “Mechanical ventilation” systems circulate fresh air using ducts and fans, rather than relying on airflow through small holes or cracks in a home's walls, roof, or windows.
Air movement associated with infiltration and natural ventilation is caused by air temperature differences between the indoors and outdoors, and by the wind.
The air exchange rate, which is the rate at which outdoor air replaces indoor air, can be low and pollutant levels can increase when there is little infiltration, natural ventilation, or mechanical ventilation." from Milguard = https://www.milgard.com/blog/how-window-performance-improves-building-comfort-and-energy-efficiency
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