Categories: Homeowner tips | Posted: December 28, 2017
Winter is here, and homeowners in the chilly climates are thinking about the ever-rising cost of home heating. Are you going to sacrifice your comfort to save money on your heating bills this winter?
With an energy-efficient home, you don’t have this worry. New homes are built with higher standards for conserving energy. The construction materials and methods have advanced significantly in the past decade, with more ways than ever before to build a home that delivers a comfortable environment without driving up energy costs.
Increasing your Home’s Quality
McGuinn Hybrid Homes invested in understanding how to build to a higher standard—not just because our homeowners want this feature, but because it’s also the right thing to do for the environment. We’ve explored every opportunity to increase the quality and value of each home.
Here are some ways that McGuinn Hybrid Homes gives homeowners every advantage to conserve energy and live comfortably.
Radiant barrier sheathing
An engineered roof system incorporates reflective barrier sheathing that reduces air leakage and directs more efficient heat flow. The system reduces the transfer of heat through the roof by up to 97%, and lowers your attic’s temperature by as much as 30ºF. The radiant barrier sheathing also prolongs the life of your HVAC system and increases the efficiency of your home’s air ducts.
Insulated thermal envelope
McGuinn Hybrid Homes installs high R-value insulation in your ceiling and walls to keep you warm in the winter. The house wrap we use protects your home against air leakage, which helps to lower your energy bill. We also apply a spray sealant to any unsealed areas, and mastic caulk to all HVAC connections, giving you a protective thermal barrier.
Natural gas heat
This clean-burning renewable resource is an eco-friendly choice for heating your home. The delivery of natural gas is 90% efficient—compare that to electric heat, which is only 27% efficient.
Low-maintenance vinyl siding
Vinyl siding has improved dramatically over the past decade. Today’s siding provides lasting beauty without the need for re-painting, giving you a durable exterior that is easy to clean.
Low-E vinyl windows
Low-emissive (Low-E) windows feature a Low-E coating that lowers energy consumption. McGuinn Hybrid Homes uses Low-E glass in all of the windows and doors in the homes we build, which can cut the energy loss by 30% to 50%. The low-maintenance vinyl window frames resist rotting, corrosion, salt air, termites, and air pollutants,
14 SEER air conditioning system
Our homes include the 14 SEER heating and cooling system because it provides a greater level of comfort and energy efficiency.
Smart technology lets you control the temperature in your home, even when you’re not there, so you don’t waste energy.
Tankless water heater
The ENERGY-STAR-certified tankless water heater provide energy savings by heating water only when you need it, providing a continuous flow of hot water. The units last longer than traditional water heaters, with a life expectancy of about 20 years.
ENERGY STAR appliances
By installing only ENERGY STAR-certified appliances in your home, you have the peace of mind in knowing you’re getting the most energy efficiency.
CFL light bulbs last 10 to 25 times longer and use about 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb. They also generate about 75% less heat, so CFL bulbs are a safer choice. It might seem like a minor detail, but these small savings add up—and demonstrate that we seek out every opportunity to conserve energy in your home.
Greater Return on your Investment
Homes that are being built today are more energy efficient than existing homes, an average of 30% more efficient! Your investment in a new home delivers a greater return because you can save on energy bills, as well as the security of a home warranty, new appliances, and structural integrity that will not require the cost of replacement any time soon!
If you’re dreading another long, cold winter and the rising cost of heating bills, talk to us at McGuinn Homes. We have new home communities, including quick move-in homes, throughout the Columbia, South Carolina area, and can also build on your lot.