New Home Program
The Superior Solutions New Home Program was created to help you make choices to achieve comfort and energy efficiency year-round by choosing energy-efficient equipment for your new home.
Building a new home can be both exciting and challenging! The decisions you make concerning the construction of your home today will affect the comfort and energy savings you experience for years to come.
We're here to help by offering Superior Solutions as a guide in building your new home.
To achieve this recognition, a home must have an electric water heater and achieve a minimum HERS score of 65. Superior Solutions Platinum homes are more efficient than standard-built homes.
This home has both a heat pump and electric water heating, in addition to achieving a minimum HERS score of 70. Superior Solutions Gold homes are more efficient than standard-built homes.
When building your new home, comfort and energy efficiency are key. Here are some things to consider during the building process.
Energy Efficient Construction & HERS (Home Energy Rating System)
Superior Solutions Gold and Platinum Homes are built to standards above most other homes on the market today. These homes offer superior quality, superior comfort and lower energy bills. Superior Solutions Gold and Platinum Homes are rated by an unbiased third party called a Home Energy Rater. A certified Home Energy Rater assesses the energy efficiency of a home, assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home is. Some of the variables included in an energy rating are:
- Properly installed insulation within the thermal boundary:
- Exterior walls
- Floors over unconditioned spaces (like garages or cellars)
- Ceilings and roofs
- Attics, foundations and crawlspaces
- Advanced air sealing
- High performing windows and doors
- Properly sized and installed HVAC systems and ductwork
- Testing of the building envelope and duct system
For more information on the HERS process go to www.resnet.us/hers-index
Heating and cooling accounts for approximately 50 percent of your home's energy consumption, so it's important to install highly efficient equipment to keep you comfortable. The electric heat pump is the most advanced, efficient heating and cooling system available today. It keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The heat pump also gives you more design flexibility when building your home. Since there are no flames or fumes, you won't have to add flues or vent pipes that waste valuable closet and storage space. Heat pumps come in a variety of types, so you should always look for the efficiency rating of the equipment. They are rated by a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER, the greater the efficiency and the less it costs you to cool your home. We can help you determine the type of heat pump that fits your home so you'll be comfortable season after season.
Standard Water Heater
No flames, no fumes, no flues. With an electric water heater, there is no pilot light to worry about, no fumes from gas or carbon monoxide, and no ventilation problems. An electric water heater is low maintenance and has a long life expectancy. It's also economical. A family of four can have all the hot water they need for about $30 per month.
Heat Pump Water Heater
The heat pump water heater is the most efficient way to heat water, cutting your hot water costs in half or saving about $150 annually for the average household. As if the savings alone weren’t enough, there are many other reasons to consider installing a heat pump water heater.
- Energy Star qualification and 10-year warranty
- Cooling and dehumidification as a by-product of heating water
- Variety of sizes, up to 80 gallons
Electric Tankless Water Heater
Key Features and Benefits of Electric Tankless Water heating in New Homes
- Continuous Hot Water - Tankless technology gives the homeowner continuous hot water – great for larger families
- Shorter Wait Times - Tankless technology heats water much faster than a standard tank
- Energy Efficient – A tankless water heater only operates when hot water is turned on in the house while a standard tank water heater operates to maintain a consistent temperature on stored water that is not in use.
- Life Expectancy - Longer life expectancy than a standard tank. Since water is not being stored, there are less corrosive effects on the heating elements.
No venting or combustion air circulation is required with an electric tankless water heater. Not only does this save you on venting and piping costs but it allows you to locate it almost anywhere in your home, saving precious storage and closet space. Plus, you can save energy by locating it near where you use most of your hot water–kitchen and baths–because you don’t have to worry about venting.
Electric tankless water heaters come in a variety of sizes from a small 4 kW point of use unit for areas such as a kitchen sink to larger 24-36 kW that would typically serve a whole home.
It’s Endless Supply
Because an electric tankless water heater only heats water when you need it, for as long as you need it, there is an endless supply of hot water for those long showers.
It’s Clean, Quiet and Efficient
There are no combustion noises and no fumes with an electric tankless water heater.
An electric tankless water heater is up to 99% efficient and can save you money on your water heating costs.
When deciding on an electric tankless water heater, several considerations should be taken into account, such as choosing the correct size unit to meet the needs of your application, electrical requirements for the unit chosen and an efficient plumbing layout to ensure faster hot water delivery.
For more information on electric tankless water heating and if it is the right choice for your home, 1-800-990-APCO.