4 Things To Consider With New Home Energy Efficiency

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March 20, 2017

4 Things To Consider With New Home Energy Efficiency

Building an energy efficient home has a variety of benefits for you, your family, and your pocketbook. A new home has so much potential to be more energy efficient than an older home, so why not take advantage of the latest trends in technology when considering your next move? What are the ways your new home can benefit from being more energy efficient? Let’s take a closer look.

1. Windows and insulation

Insulation is given an R value, which indicates how much heat can be lost through your walls and ceiling. The higher the R value, the better the insulation is at keeping your home comfortable. Ensuring your home is protected in a way that is consistent with the typical climate of your area will make it more efficient to heat and cool. 

For the same reasons, it is critical to look at the most energy efficient windows to help maintain the proper balance in your home. Choosing Energy Star windows can qualify you for a tax credit to help offset the cost.

2. Heating and cooling

There are a variety of ways heating and cooling affects the efficiency of your new home. Older forced-air systems do not provide positive benefits, but the technology has come a long way. New furnace and air conditioning units are better at conserving energy for your home overall. 

Installing a new, more efficient, heating and cooling system will be a better value while building a new home rather than retrofitting an old home. Although you may need to budget more upfront, the long- term costs of more efficient heating and cooling will pay off.

3. Climate and energy solutions

In all cases, it’s important to determine what makes the most sense in your specific region. The needs for a home here in the Northeast will be very different from homes in the desert or Pacific North West. 

Before you begin building, it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with the needs in your climate. Your builder can work with you to implement these energy-saving ideas and make your home as efficient as possible.

4. Energy generation

Of course, you can also take your energy efficient home to a new level and consider adding energy generating technology to your new build. 

If you are able to customize your new home, you may think about adding programmable thermostats. Modifying the temperature gauge to match your routines throughout the day can save you money on your overall costs for heating and cooling. You have the ability to make automatic adjustments at specific times that meet your needs and comfort, all while conserving energy. 

Interested in an energy efficient new home?

When you build a new home with Hallmark Homes Group, there is no need to upgrade from our standard features to ensure your new home is energy efficient. Every Hallmark home includes a broad range of energy efficient building methods and technologies. Tyvek house wrap, foam, and caulk and seal packages prevent unnecessary heat loss. Double pane, low-E glass windows are installed throughout. Water heaters are high efficiency. Standard HVAC in the homes combines a 95% high efficiency natural gas forced hot air furnace and a 13 SEER high efficiency central air conditioning system. 

Contact the Hallmark Homes Group to learn more.