Energy Star High-Efficiency Home Benefits!
ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivering better quality, better comfort, and better durability. Learn more about the benefits of a home built better from the ground up with our ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes infographic.
Let’s take a look at the high-efficiency details that are within an Energy Star home:
High-efficiency Heating and Cooling: An Energy Star home will use certified high-efficiency HVAC equipment for heating and cooling. Certified furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps provide outstanding home comfort at a much lower cost. Look for high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating, or AFUE, ratings for furnaces. High-efficiency air conditioners will have high SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, numbers. Heat pumps will have high SEER numbers covering the cooling functions and high HSPF, or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, ratings governing the heating functions.
Plenty of Insulation: An Energy Star home will have plenty of insulation to keep warm air out in the summer and in during the winter. There should be adequate insulation in the home’s walls, ceiling, floors, and basement. Attics should get particular attention, especially since they can get extremely hot in the summer without proper insulation. Insulation effectiveness is measured in R-value.
Few Air & Energy Leaks: An Energy Star home will be sealed as tightly as possible, eliminating air leaks that allow conditioned air to escape and seasonal air to get inside. Gaps, holes, and other openings should be caulked or otherwise sealed. HVAC ductwork should fit tightly together at each section and should be sealed with mastic or metal tape at each connection.
Efficient Windows: High-efficiency windows are manufactured to prevent air leaks around the frames. The window glass will have special coatings to keep out sunshine and heat. They may also be manufactured with low-e glass or double-pane insulated glass to increase energy efficiency.
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