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Ratings, Audits & Diagnostics - How are they valuable?
Home energy ratings and audits are moving beyond their traditional role of justifying "green" or "eco-friendly" home improvements intended to save a few dollars on utility bills. Today, the business of energy testing can help you determine how well a home is built and we're better able to predict a home's future energy consumption. Energy testing provides a new, quantifiable tool to help home buyers be more knowledgable about the homes they buy.
A measure of construction quality.
We can't speak to the quality of other trades like painting or cabinet installation, but we can give you peace of mind about the performance you should expect from a home.
What is a HERS Rating Index?
Home Energy Rating Index Score
Known as a HERS score, this comprehensive rating is the Miles Per Gallon of energy efficiency. The lower the score, the better the home performance.
HERS scores can be included on MLS listings so you can compare homes in a new subdivision or across neighborhoods.
Homes rated with a HERS score sell faster and for a higher selling price.
Watch this 90 second video or click here to learn what a HERS score is and how it works.
Duct Blaster Test
The NC Building Code includes a duct test to measure
Predictable energy usage.
Simply put, home performance professionals are better than ever at predicting the energy consumption of a home. The improved measurement of utility expenses has led to valuable services available if you are buying a home or make improvements to an existing home.
Expanded financing options
With energy efficiency mortgages you can enjoy more buying power, often at lower rates. If you are making improvements to an existing home you may wrap the cost of the improvements into the mortgage. Click here for more on these mortgage programs
Guaranteed utility bills
Now you can have your new home rated and guarantee your utility expenses with a Residential Energy Guarantee. For a few hundred dollars as part of the purchase price, you'll enjoy peace-of-mind that your energy costs are what you expected. Download a Residential Energy Guarantee (.pdf) brochure here.
ensure an acceptable level of air leakage within your HVAC system. The test is required for new and upgraded HVAC systems and the HVAC contractor can perform this test. This is an inexpensive test and more builders and HVAC contractors are opting for testing by an independent energy rater like Energy QA.
Blower Door Test
To meet a code requirement that addresses the air leakage to the exterior of the home, the builder can perform a visual inspection or opt for a blower door test. If you are concerned about indoor air quality, or inefficient home performance, you should ask for a blower door test.