With the weather starting to turn cool here in Seattle, it
might be time to think about turning on your heat. This has got us thinking: do
you know the energy rating of your home? Sure, an individual furnace or refrigerator
has a rating, but what about your entire house? Just like a car gets a certain
gas mileage, a home has a HERS rating (Home Energy Rating System). This rating
is conducted by a professional rater, and the higher your number, the less
efficient your home is. The scale goes from 0 to 150; Zero means the home uses
no net purchased energy.
Projected ratings give homeowners and builders an estimate
of what a home’s efficiency will likely be after improvements. This allows them
to determine what the most cost effective route is to improve their home’s
energy rating. The following characteristics are factored in: insulation
levels, window efficiency, wall-to-window ratios, and the heating and cooling
systems. Performance tests, such as the blower door test for air leakage and
duct leakage are usually part of the rating.
Not only could a HERS number give
you an idea of how you could save money on your utility bills, but a low HERS
number could give you an upper hand in trying to sell your home. Lower utility
bills are a definite plus when a buyer is shopping for a home. This could lower
someone’s monthly bills significantly, which in turn, may enable them to afford
a more expensive home.
If you are considering a HERS
test for your home, the test will run you between 300 and 500 dollars depending
on the size and construction of your home. However, insulation improvements
alone can save you 10-20 percent on your heating bill. Easy fixes like plugging
holes or cracks between your attic and main floor or sealing air ducts can help
you even further. If these savings are extrapolated out over a year or two, the
test could ultimately pay for itself.
Call Team Troy today at
206-588-8409 and we can recommend a vendor from our preferred vendor list.
Author:Troy Anderson Phone: 206-940-2834 Dated: October 7th 2013 Views: 1,020 About Troy: ~Married with 2 children
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