(NU), October 11, 2011 – When buying a new home or remodeling an existing one, many people get caught up in the selection of hardwood flooring or cabinet colors and can sometimes forget about adding value to a home with the right combination of energy saving solutions and an optimal heating and cooling (HVAC) system. What’s behind the walls and in the attic, basement or utility closet can really impact a home’s value and performance — and lead to greater energy savings and long-term buyer satisfaction.
The average homeowner spends approximately $1,900 a year on energy bills, and according to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for about 56 percent of a typical home’s energy usage, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.
A natural first step to achieving an energy-efficient home is to install a high-efficiency heating and cooling system. Many of today’s top builders and contractors are turning to the experts at Carrier® and their full line of energy-efficient solutions to help reduce energy use in homes without pricing buyers out of the market. Many Carrier products also meet or exceed federal energy requirements and are Energy Star® compliant.
Though investing in energy-efficient heating and cooling may have the biggest impact on reducing household energy use, homeowners should approach energy efficiency from a more holistic perspective. A highly efficient system should work in concert with high-quality insulation, water heater, windows, roofing, light fixtures and energy-efficient appliances to ensure the greatest energy savings. Be sure to talk with a homebuilder or contractor about how these various systems work together to determine the right solution based on the style of home and climate.
So while contemplating what color to paint the master bedroom, be sure to think about what’s in the utility closet or basement too. Not only will it reduce future energy use, but it’ll contribute to a more comfortable home that will provide enjoyment for years to come.
For more tips on choosing a high-efficiency heating and cooling system for your home, visit www.residential.carrier.com.
Carrier is the world’s leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and foodservice customers. Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier improves the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.carrier.com for more information.
We have recently updated and moved the Carrier site.
Information on this page is no longer being updated.
Click here to be redirected to the new Carrier Home Comfort site.