Home Trends in 2015 Offer Supreme Energy Efficiency

Posted on: December 31, 2014

energy-efficient-home-276x300-276x300Let your friends at Air Experts Heating & Cooling be the first to wish you a Happy New Year! There are already some increasingly popular home trends emerging in 2015 for new and upgraded structures that offer superior energy efficiency across all home systems and better indoor air quality (IAQ).

Find out what’s available for your home remodel so you can maximize comfort and energy savings year after year.

Tighter Homes

A home’s envelope is made up of the materials and systems that separate the living spaces from the unconditioned areas, such as the attic and basement. For an efficiency-upgraded home, quality air sealing and insulation materials and installation are important for enjoying maximum comfort, even temperatures room to room, low energy bills and reducing a home’s heating and cooling load.

HVAC Sizing and Features

The HVAC system should be correctly sized according to industry best practices outlined by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) organization. The HVAC contractor you choose should explain options for HVAC advanced features, such as variable-stage furnaces, heat pumps and A/C systems and perform a cost analysis so you may see lifetime costs of potential installations.

Add-on equipment, such as zoning systems and whole-house humidifiers are becoming more commonplace as homeowners discover the advantages offered for greater comfort, efficiency and IAQ.

Ductless Trends

Ductless heat pumps deliver high-performance heating and cooling, use less square footage and offer competitive installation costs for retrofits. Ductless systems are also a wise investment for older homes without air ducts in need of practical heating and cooling.

Ventilation and IAQ

Tighter homes seal in conditioned air within the living spaces, but they also seal in contaminants. Whole-house ventilation and air purifiers provide fresh and more healthful indoor air any time of year. Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) help manage indoor humidity while replenishing stuffy spaces with pre-conditioned fresh air.

Like ERVs, whole-house air purifiers work in conjunction with and help protect the HVAC system. Air purification systems use high-efficiency filtration and electrical charges to capture and destroy pathogens, odors and particulates before they contaminate HVAC components and re-enter living spaces.

For more expert advice about home trends in 2015 for your Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill home, please contact Air Experts.

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