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The Benefits of HERS Testing in a New Home

When it comes to the rapidly increasing energy costs in America, it’s important to understand how energy efficient your home is. A HERS test will help you decrease your energy costs and increase your energy savings, putting money back where it belongs: in your wallet!

What is a HERS test?Find out how energy efficient your home is

HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System. This is a comprehensive scoring system used to determine a home’s energy performance. The system will tell you if your home is operating efficiently as well as notify you of opportunities to cut back on your energy consumption.

This in-depth analysis of your home consists of a series of diagnostic testing that determines the amount and location of air leaks in your house, if your insulation is functioning properly, potential combustion safety issues, etc.

Certified Home Energy Raters look at many variables, such as:

  • Ceilings
  • Windows and doors
  • Attics and crawlspaces
  • HVAC systems
  • And all exterior walls

HERS Index Score

Based on the results of those various tests, your home is given a HERS Index Score. Developed by RESNET, this scoring system defines a low score as a more energy efficient home, and a high score as less energy efficient.

What are the benefits?

For those looking to buy a house, the HERS test can help you evaluate the cost of potential energy bills and the home’s energy performance. If you’re selling a house, then a low HERS Index Score can increase the resale value. Ultimately, a HERS test will uncover new ways that you can be more energy efficient and increase the comfort level of your new home.

At Rick’s Energy Solutions, we are certified Energy Star HERS Raters qualified to perform your in-depth energy performance assessment. Call us at 707-578-5380 today to schedule your HERS Test!

High-Performance Structures Can Save Significantly

High-Performance Structures Can Save Significantly

Anyone who has lived in an older home may have had the unpleasant experience of trying to heat or cool a building that was constructed without insulation or with insulation that has long since passed its useful age. Concerns about the cost and environmental impact of heating or cooling buildings have led to the universal… Continue Reading