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Purchasing a new home will be one of your single biggest investments you will make, and as such, your new home’s energy efficiency should be one of your primary concerns. Now may be a good time to take full advantage of a slow housing market, low interest rates and homebuilders that are eager to add incentives, allowances and especially, energy efficient upgrades new construction builders near me.
Homebuilders today are offering many different types of energy efficient features in their homes’, this enables homebuilders to qualify for the EPA’s Energy Star designation. Energy Star ratings are given out by an independent third party and these findings are based on that particular homebuilder’s products, materials, and overall construction methods. New homes with this Energy Star designation should be given careful consideration when you are trying to narrow down your new home selection process. Keep in mind that not all homebuilders construct their homes the same way, so you should begin your inquiries as to the specifics of the homebuilder’s energy efficiency features and compare which will provide you with greatest benefits for your investment.
Framing that Counts
The type of framing is a good beginning, 2×4 or 2×6 exterior construction for example, allows you to determine the R-value or insulation thickness of the walls. You may also want to inquire as to whether the builder’s new homes have any exterior plywood wall sheeting as part of their construction, as it enhances the home structurally and adds to the homes R-value. Exterior finishes such as siding or stucco, for instance, do very little in the way of increasing the home’s energy efficiency. Depending on your home builder, another option you should strongly consider is thermo resistant roof sheathing, this product can greatly reduce the summer heat in your attic (30 degrees cooler on average). With a difference of a few dollars a sheet, (5/8″) this roof sheathing should be a standard in the construction of your home.
Air Conditioning and Heating that Saves You Money
The air conditioning & heating system is single biggest consumer of electricity and natural gas in a home. That is why the efficiency of the HVAC system is so very important. The air conditioning system is measured by a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency ratio) rating and is given a coefficient or number, the greater the number the more efficient the unit converts electricity into cool air for your home. For example: new Energy Star homes should have a SEER rating of 14, which is improved over the standard SEER 12 or 13, from years past. There are currently upgraded air conditioners on the market that have a SEER rating of up to 23. These units run at different speeds, which allow them to offer you an even greater efficiency. But remember, no matter what SEER rated air conditioner you have, if your home isn’t adequately insulated you won’t be able to take advantage of the air conditioning unit’s full potential.
Energy Efficient Windows makes a Difference
If reducing your heating and cooling costs interest you, then having windows with a good R-value is important to your home’s overall energy efficiency.
When comparing different windows with other homebuilders, here are a few things to consider; there are two R-values to consider for your windows: one, for the glass itself (usually measured at the center of the window) and one for the whole unit, including the frame. The higher the R-value a window has, the lower the U-value should be. The rate of heat loss is indicated in terms of the U-factor (U-value) of a window’s assembly. The lower the U-factor, the greater a window’s resistance to heat flow and the better it’s insulating properties.
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