Do you Understand the Importance of the HERS Score?

The HERS Score has to do with the energy efficiency of a home and it's important to understand this index.

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Do you Understand the Importance of the HERS Score?

Posted by MARK Z. on Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 9:24am.

Energy Efficient HomeThe HERS Score has to do with the energy efficiency of a home and it's important to understand this index. There are many financial benefits that come along with building energy efficient new construction homes and the HERS score will help you understand how energy efficient your home really is going to be. Here's a look at what this score is and how it affects you.

What is HERS?

The Resnet HERS Index is the standard measurement for new construction homes when it comes to home energy performance. Since energy varies in cost from one place to another, this standardized measurement can help a homeowner understand how energy efficient their home will be for the long term.

The average HERS score for a home is 100. This isn't exactly good or bad, but certainly isn't a sign of a highly energy-efficient home.

What is a Good Score?

With the score of 100 being the average, it's easy to see how energy efficient your home is and what a good score is. If your home receives a HERS score of 65, it means the home is 35% more energy efficient than a standard new home. However, if you receive a score of 125, this means your home is 25% less energy efficient than a standard new home.

What variables are considered?

The HERS score takes into account many different parts of your home including:

  • HVAC Systems
  • Your Thermostat
  • Water Heating Systems
  • Ceilings
  • Roofs
  • Floors
  • Exterior Walls
  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces and Foundations
  • Windows and Doors
  • Ductwork and Vents

All of these factors can make the difference between an energy efficient home and one that is not. If you want to ensure your home uses energy efficiently over the long term, make sure you have it built with a low HERS score in mind.

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