The ENERGY STAR certified home label might appear small, a mere three by five inches, but it stands for something really big. That little label means a home has undergone a rigorous process of independent inspections and testing to ensure it meets strict U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Some of those testing processes include the evaluation of the following systems.
Complete Thermal Enclosure System
This system ensures, air tight seals, properly installed insulation, and high-performance windows. All three facets work cooperatively to create high comfort levels, improve overall durability, reduce maintenance costs over time, and lower monthly utility bills.
- Properly Installed Insulation
Quality over quantity makes a big difference. Proper placement avoids gaps in the insulation and prevents air from bypassing it through building techniques designed to reduce heat flow through a home’s framing.
- High-Performance Windows
These windows keep the cold out in winter and heat out in summer. They may have protective coatings, improved frames and even gas between the panes of glass.
High Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling
These systems are engineered and installed to create an environment rich in indoor air quality, noise reduction, overall better humidity and moisture control to increase your comfort levels.
Properly installed systems deliver premium performance, use less energy, often include extended warranty coverage, and reduce noise output. Certified Installation ENERGY STAR requires a trained HVAC professional design and install on all heating and cooling systems in homes that wish to be awarded the ENERGY STAR certification.
- House-Wide Mechanical Ventilation
Create a better overall living environment by having a constant source of filtered air to reduce indoor air pollutants.
Water Protection System
This durable package of best-building practices and materials protects roofs, walls and foundations from water damage.
- Proper selection of materials and storage help to prevent water and mold damage in materials.
- Tested building practices such as the use of flashing, moisture barriers and the use of heavy duty membranes effectively drain water from roofs, walls and away from foundations.
Efficient Lighting & Appliances
ENERGY STAR homes boast ENERGY STAR appliances. Certified lighting, appliances and fans help to reduce monthly utility bills.
- Advanced Lighting
ENERGY STAR-certified bulbs and fixtures come in all different shapes and sizes. They can be purchased at your favorite home improvement store.
- ENERGY STAR Certified Appliances
Household appliances account for close to 11 percent of an average home’s energy use. So a comprehensive, certified appliance package will improve appliance performance, durability, quality and of course, reduction in overall energy costs. These appliances include certified dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, ceiling fans, and ventilation fans. Information provided by EnergyStar.gov.
This article is part of ‘Shining Bright with Energy Star’ found in the November 2017 issue of Think Realty Magazine.
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