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Revolutionary renovations to shape your home

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 08:04

Before you consider selling your home and purchasing a new one, think about renovating your pre-existing space instead. Thanks to new technology, energy-efficient designs and revolutionary home items constructed from recycled materials, there are ways in which your upgrades can reflect not only environmentally friendly resources, but also the latest architectural practices.

Total Warmth System

Radiant heat systems provide warmth throughout a home by allowing heat to flow from underneath the floor upward, instead of blowing hot air into rooms like most heating systems. This type of heating creates healthier air that remains still, instead of becoming trapped toward the ceiling. Most radiant flooring systems must be installed through the use of radiant panels, which are placed underneath the floor's surface. 
However, Warmboard, Inc. recently unveiled its Total Warmth System, which has combined the heating technology with a new system that eliminates bulky wiring other products feature. Powered by Warmsource, the new heating has the ability to adjust throughout the day to different temperature needs. The Warmsource water heater can manage heat flow in multiple home zones, and allows users ultimate control over home conditions.
Additionally, the Total Warmth System is controlled by a touch-screen thermostat, which can moderate schedules, vacation modes and room specifications. Working wirelessly with manifolds installed in the home, the thermostat makes heating simple and effortless as residents enjoy both the high energy savings and ultimate comfort provided by the technology.

Energy-efficient windows

Large bay windows installed along walls in a house can provide far-reaching benefits for homeowners. One house that used these panes is the Kumar Residence in San Francisco, which was featured on Jetson Green. The source notes that the home integrated these double-pane windows to provide natural lighting, acoustic protection and insulation from heat-loss. The 3,000-square-foot property was constructed using the Passive House standards, or those that ensure a structure provides the utmost air quality and comfort possible. Florian Speier, founder of Zeitgeist Design Studio, which built the home, told the source that the energy-efficient windows helped cement the house as a top building structure.
"Much more convincing than energy forecasts or indoor-outdoor living is construction quality and the durability of higher-quality construction," Speier said, according to Jetson Green.

Eco​-friendly bathroom

Small renovations in the bathroom can produce effects around the entire home. To begin, Mother Nature Network recommends tiling the floor with ceramic or ones built with a high concentration of consumer-recycled materials. This flooring method can save homeowners money and replacement costs, as the flooring is less likely to endure water damage after time. Another way the source advises readers is to invest in green items to be used in the room, including products like environmentally friendly shower curtains or cleaning products that are not made from toxic or harmful chemicals. Finally, it tells them to consider water conservation when obtaining appliances or supplemental technology, such as water tanks or new showers. Purchasing low-flow shower heads or high-efficiency toilets are great ways to remodel with conservation in mind, the source said.

Solar panels

While many corporations and residential homes have already installed solar panels on their roofs, homes not equipped with the energy-saving technology should look into the benefits it provides. According to The New York Times, industry experts explained how this type of energy produce a substantially lower number of harmful substances, uses less land and contributes to fewer instances of acid rain than its electrical counterparts. Solar World USA added that by switching to solar powered energy, homeowners have the potential to save up to 50 percent on their electrical bills. It continues to explain that installation can also contribute to an increased home value and much lower carbon footprint. 

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