10 Home Efficiency Terms You Should Know as a Homeowner

  1. Home Energy Assessment
    Also known as energy audit or home energy assessment. This is a thorough evaluation process using an infrared camera, a blower door, and other techniques to tell you the most effective way to upgrade your home to be more energy efficient.
  2. R-value
    A measure of resistance for the flow of heat, often used to measure insulation efficiency. The greater the R-value, the greater the insulating power. (more about insulation)
  3. PV (Photovoltaic)
    A technology that generates electricity from sunlight. There are now 5 different types of solar panels in the market, with Polycrystalline Solar Panels being the most popular option for residential homes.
  4. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
    Furnace, AC, heat pump and other equipment that regulate indoor thermal temperature. HVAC systems should be tuned-up and maintained at least 2x a year before peak season to ensure maximum efficiency.If you are in Arizona and need an AC checkup, contact 602-248-7767 for our special offer ($65.95 Cooling System Checkup).
  5. HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate-Air)
    Air filter standards that trap 99.97% of particles that is greater than or equal to 0.3 micrometer in size, such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke. You can find HEPA standard cabin air filters, vacuum filters, and air purifiers, which can be helpful for improving air quality.
  6. Net Zero Energy Building; Net Zero Building
    Total amount of energy used is equal to the amount of energy generated on the site, meaning the buildings has “0 impact” on the environment.
  7. IoT (Internet of Things)
    A network of devices, vehicles, or home appliances that is embedded with electronics and software to allow data exchange between devices, such as Amazon Alexa, Nest, or any smart home devices.
  8. Energy Star
    A joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) that identifies top performing and cost-effective products.
  9. PEX Plumbing
    PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) is a type of flexible piping system that has several benefits over traditional metal piping. This is different from the troublesome polybutylene plumbing, which is used in houses built in 1980s and early 1990s.
  10. Caulking
    A process to seal leaks at home, making your home watertight, airtight, and more energy efficient. Different types of caulk are used in different parts of your house.


If you have further questions about energy efficiency, leave us a comment or contact 800-368-7767 for a contractor referral.



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