Decorating your home is fun, but you want to make sure your home is functioning well, too. Spring is a great time to give your home a maintenance check up and tackle some of those projects that have been on your to-do list.

One aspect to consider is your home’s energy efficiency. By adding energy efficient systems, you can save money in the long run and help the environment in the process. These include things such as programmable thermostats, solar heating, insulation, windows, and more.

You can also make your home more efficient through its architecture. Deep roof overhangs help keep homes warm in the winter and cool during the summer, meaning your heating and air conditioning systems won’t have to work as hard to maintain a pleasant temperature.

Roof overhangs should be included in your home construction or remodeling plans, as they require special placement for optimal performance. In the northern hemisphere, roof overhangs work best when placed facing south. This allows less sunlight in during the summer to create a cooling effect and more light in the winter for a warming effect.

Besides boosting energy efficiency, large roof overhangs can make a stylish architectural statement as well as provide shelter and protect the home from bad weather.

Another energy-efficient roofing option to consider is a metal roof. While metal roofs are a significant investment, they require virtually no maintenance and last a lifetime, meaning you won’t have to replace it. They also boost your home’s energy efficiency by reflecting light from the sun away from your home, keeping attic and other top floor spaces from accumulating heat.

Metal roofs are available in a wide variety of colors and styles such as corrugated or standing-seam metal, which can give your home a unique look. Metal roofs also are recyclable and work well for rainwater harvesting, which will appeal to eco-friendly homeowners.

Contact TMS Architects in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for help with energy-efficient architecture or home projects. Check out our portfolio for more inspiration.