Energy Efficient Homes Are the Hot Trend for 2015
Although auto fuel costs are taking a quick dip this winter, overall home energy bills are not expected to decrease in 2015. Energy efficient homes are becoming the rage in all areas of building – from windows to appliances to heating systems. Homeowners and buyers looking for ways to boost comfort while keeping their energy bills low. Have a look at the short list below to help you start saving money.
Energy Star Products
Using Energy Star-rated building components, appliances and HVAC equipment can lower household energy consumption and substantially reduce operating costs. Having Energy Star-certified HVAC equipment alone offers up to 15 percent in energy savings compared to standard models.
Energy Efficient Windows
Double-pane windows that feature a low-E coating can save a considerable amount of energy over our long cooling seasons. This microscopic coating reflects heat energy from the sun that makes it more costly to cool a home and maintain comfort. Windows with low-E glass also repel ultraviolet light that ruins furniture and carpets.
When the attic, walls and floors have the right amount of properly-installed insulation, a home stays more comfortable and it’s easier to keep heating and cooling costs under control. Adequate insulation brings the bonus of longer HVAC equipment service life, since a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to satisfy the thermostat temperature setting.
Efficient HVAC Equipment
Maintaining comfort devours about 40 percent of the energy used in the average home. When the HVAC equipment is properly sized and efficient, it takes less energy to heat and cool the living space. Homeowners today can take advantage of a variety of advanced technologies to boost energy efficiency and comfort year round.
Effective Air Sealing
A tight home with adequate ventilation offers a healthy living environment that’s easy to heat and cool efficiently. The exterior shell should be properly weatherized to combat air infiltration and the ductwork sealed to eliminate leaks that waste conditioned air. A radiant barrier installed on the attic floor can limit heat gains and losses into the home’s finished living areas.
To learn how the energy efficient home trends in 2015 can increase the comfort level and decrease heating and cooling costs in your South Florida home, contact Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, Inc.