If you’re in the market to purchase a new home, you may very well be considering all that goes along with that including the condition of the house, the location, and the energy efficiency of the house. An energy efficient home will help save you money on your monthly energy bills and provide a more comfortable living space. And an Energy Star rated home is at least 15% more energy efficient than one built according to the 2004 International Residential Code.
There are several factors that cumulatively make your potential home energy efficient. They include insulation, windows, ductwork, HVACs and lighting.
- Insulation – Properly installed insulation is important to maintain a comfortable temperature and energy efficient house. Even small gaps between a door and its frame can cost you big in energy consumption. Attic spaces are a major culprit for insulation issues, too. Ensuring they are well insulated will help keep your home feeling comfortable.
- Windows – Energy efficient windows are constructed with two panes of glass with a gas filling between the panes, insulated edges, high quality frames, and infrared and ultraviolet reflective coatings to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. The reflective coatings keep solar heat gain to a minimum during the summer and also prevent fading to your furniture and carpet colors.
- Ductwork and Construction – By purchasing a home with well-sealed ductwork, you will ensure that your home’s HVAC systems will operate with maximum efficiency. Tightly packed construction leaving very few gaps between walls and insulation will also maximize energy efficiency. Sealing any cracks that form will also keep your energy consumption under control.
- HVAC Systems – By using Energy Star rated Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems, you will save more money and electricity than by using non-certified HVACs. They also tend to run quieter and require less maintenance than standard models.
- Lighting and Appliances – Homes with LED lighting rather than incandescent lighting will save a bundle in electricity costs. Energy Star certified appliances including refrigerators, dish washers, and washing machines will also aid in reducing your energy consumption.
By contacting an independent home energy rater, you can determine how energy efficient your potential home is. Since you’ll likely want to live in your new home for quite some time, use this information to help you decide on this major investment.
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