Before the advent of modern heating and cooling systems, home builders would design temperature control directly into a home’s layout. In warmer climates, that would often mean features such as deep porches and window awnings on the exterior, high ceilings on the interior. Colder-climate abodes positioned chimneys in central locations; some employed steeply pitched, Saltbox-style roofs to deflect northern winds.
Efficient heating and cooling remains as important today as it was 100 years ago. Of course, new-construction homes benefit from the past century’s technical and technological advancements, but even if you own an old home, there are a plenty of new ways to make the place more eco-friendly.
Recently, a reader wrote in to ask, “What are some green updates I could make to my ’20s home that are easy to retrofit?” View my video response below:
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