What does Energy Star Certified Mean?

Having an Energy Star Certified home means that your home is a 15 to 30 percent more energy efficient than the typical home. An Energy Star Certified home is designed and built by a custom home builder like Ryan Hartman Homes with features that save energy. It is then inspected, tested, and given an Energy Star Rating. The home is compared with homes of similar size and shape. An Energy Star home provides the benefits of lower utility bills for homeowners, less maintenance for heating and cooling units that are running efficiently, and more even heating and cooling throughout the home. An Energy Star Certified home is a better value when purchased, and, if properly maintained, provides a better investment for resale later. So when home builders go green, it is not just about the environment, it is about saving money as well.

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Features that affect Energy Star Rankings include:

  • Insulation
  • Windows and doors
  • Exterior walls
  • Floors over areas without heating and cooling: such as garages, porches, and patios
  • Ceilings and roofs
  • Attics and foundations
  • HVAC and water heating systems
  • Vents and ducts
  • Thermostats


To increase the energy efficiency of a home, the goal is to prevent the loss of heating or air conditioning to the exterior of a home and to keep out cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer. This can be achieved by using the proper amount of insulation in the walls and attic; using weather stripping around doors and windows; properly sealing around spaces where vents and pipes enter a home; selecting energy efficient, low E windows that block UV rays; and sealing joints in ducts to prevent loss of heating or cooling and to allow your HVAC equipment to function at peak efficiency.

So if you want to go green and are looking for a custom home builder in McKinney, TX, contact Ryan Hartman Homes. They are home builders who care about building homes that save energy with lower utility costs for a positive effect on your money matters, about building a new home that is a better value for your money, and about building a home that is a better investment as far as future resale value.


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