HERS Index: The Home Energy Rating System
The HERS Index is a national standard for measuring the energy efficiency of homes. It is a number on a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being the least efficient and 100 being the most efficient.
A HERS rating can be considered the "miles per gallon" of a home. Just like when shopping for a car, you can use this standard or measure to compare different homes in terms of energy efficiency. You can search to find the rating of specific addresses on RESNET's registry.
The HERS Index is calculated by a HERS Rater, who is a qualified professional who has been trained to assess the energy efficiency of homes. The HERS Rater will conduct a thorough evaluation of your home, including:
- The insulation levels in the walls, roof, and attic
- The efficiency of the windows and doors
- The type and age of the heating and cooling system
- The air sealing of the home
The HERS Rater will then use this information to calculate your home or business's HERS rating.
What Does a HERS Rating Mean?
A HERS rating of 70 is considered average, while a rating of 80 or higher is considered energy efficient. Homes with a HERS rating of 60 or lower are considered to be inefficient and may qualify for government rebates and incentives.
How Can You Improve Your Home or Business's HERS Rating?
There are a number of things you can do to improve your home or business's HERS rating, including:
- Increasing the insulation levels in the walls, roof, and attic
- Replacing old, inefficient windows and doors with newer, more energy-efficient models
- Upgrading your heating and cooling system to a more efficient model
- Air sealing your home to prevent air leaks
How Can You Find Out Your Home or Business's HERS Rating?
If you live in Alabama or Florida and are interested in knowing the HERS rating of your home, contact Eco Three. Our energy expert will come to your home, do a thorough evaluation, generate a rating through our system, then explain how this knowledge may be used.
Eco Three is a home energy efficiency company that offers HERS ratings in Alabama and Florida. We are a qualified and experienced company that can help you improve your home or business's energy efficiency and save money on your energy bills.
Contact us today to learn more about our services.