Are you thinking of purchasing a home? Trying to decide whether to buy an older house or build something new? Are you looking to save money on utility bills and other home expenses? An older home can be a great investment, but there are advantages to custom building. Consider creating a new space for your family that is much more energy-efficient. It will help you save money in the long run and rescue you from a commitment to excessive maintenance and upkeep. Here are a few additional reasons why, compared to older homes, building a new home is the way to go.
Better Insulation and Energy Efficient Windows
Keeping the air cool in the summer and warm in the winter can be difficult inside an older home. Cracks and spaces in the siding, attic, and around windows allow air to seep in. Ordinary single-pane aluminum window frames conduct cold and heat back into homes, and old insulation is less than effective in older houses. Today, new homes have better insulation, double-pane vinyl windows have become the norm for more efficiency, and building standards have been upgraded. Save on energy bills with a better-built home.
Over the past twenty years, a “green movement” has encouraged builders to make smarter and more energy-aware choices for their custom-built homes. Energy efficiency is a huge selling point for buyers. Homeowners know they can reduce their carbon footprint while saving on energy costs, upkeep, landscaping time and money, etc. Some communities offer appealing financial incentives to encourage homeowners to build or buy homes that are constructed with the environment in mind.
Not only can new construction offer better windows and insulation, but many newly built homes also add features to assist with even more energy savings. These can include geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels, water harvesting systems, tankless water heaters, or zoning the house so that air conditioning and heat can be reduced in unused areas. Mature shade trees on the property should be saved during construction to keep the house cooler in the summer. Installing large windows – especially on the south side of the home – is perfect for gaining natural light and warmth in the winter.
Appliances Are More Energy Efficient
Today’s dishwashers, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and other appliances are more energy-efficient and are becoming standard in new home construction. Furnaces, water heaters, and air conditioners can help to conserve energy and keep a newly constructed home running smoothly and efficiently. And most importantly, there are attractive incentives and tax credits for homeowners to cash in on when they choose new, energy-efficient appliances.
Looking for a custom home builder in Southeastern Wisconsin? At Turnkey Homes, we keep our homeowners in mind with our energy efficient building solutions.