Whether you’re designing a new home or remodeling an older one, you should seriously consider “energy efficiency.” While there are many Earth-friendly benefits, some of the advantages you’ll notice first-hand include saving money and energy, plus you’ll sleep better at night knowing your choices are better for the environment.
One thing that’s great about having an energy-efficient home – you don’t have to sacrifice durability or comfort because today’s energy-efficient products are as effective as they are energy-efficient.
If you’re looking at creating a more energy-efficient home or building one from the ground-up, consider a renewable energy system that involves heating and cooling, plumbing (think water heaters and toilets) and electricity.
If you want to increase the energy-efficiency in an existing home, the first step is to conduct an energy audit to evaluate how your home is currently using energy and to find ways to cut back on excess energy usage and costs.
On the other hand, if you’re designing a new home or remodeling, you’ll need what we call the “whole-house systems approach” to ensure that you and the builders (where applicable) understand which details and variables affect the energy efficiency in your home.
Some of the factors that need to be considered:
- Air sealing
- Household size
- Occupant behavior
- Water heating needs
- Climate conditions
- Windows and doors
- Heating and cooling
Before you install any new units (water heater, clothes washing machine, air conditioner etc.) or make any upgrades, speak with a Cleveland energy auditor from Green Home Solutions, LLC, who can explain your home’s current energy efficiency and list recommendations that could reduce home energy-use as affordably as possible.
Energy Savings: Heating and Cooling
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Space heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy use, while water heating accounts for 18%, making these some of the largest energy expenses in the home.”
Fortunately, there are products and technologies on the market that allow people to heat and cool their homes efficiently, and that’s what we specialize in. Some of these systems and equipment include thermostats, ducts, and water heaters that are designed to save energy and money.
To learn more about creating an energy-efficient home, contact our Cleveland HVAC Company at (216) 220-4527 today!