Home building has come a long way from the homes built 100 years ago. The overall performance and efficiency of a new home has drastically improved over the years. At Everett Custom Homes, all of our homes are Earth Advantage certified, meaning there are a number of standard benchmarks that need to be attained in order to certify a home as such, one benchmark is heating and cooling. To be the most energy-efficient, all of our Everett homes have all heating/cooling ducts and air handling equipment inside the envelope of the home. Traditional method is to run furnace ducts into unconditioned (unheated/non-cooled) spaces, such as hot attics and cold crawl spaces. By installing ducts inside conditioned spaces of the home, this provides for better efficiency in heating and cooling of a home and reduce energy use by 15-20%. Also, to minimize air leakage that commonly occurs with taping of ducts, we use a mastic compound to ensure proper sealing in our furnace system. By utilizing this construction practice, the homeowner will benefit in a number of ways….
For more information on Earth Advantage certification, visit www.earthadvantage.org. That’s all for this Construction Monday….we’ll be back with more exciting news next week.
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