Energy-efficiency is a goal for every home build, now more than ever as people seek to reduce their carbon footprint and cut down on energy costs. An efficient design is ideal for any kind of home regardless, and today, there are at least several green energy solutions, large and small, that you can use in your custom home.
When you think of green energy solutions for houses, you might immediately think of solar panels. Indeed, solar power is one main way that homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient. One can opt for solar paneling, a solar water heater, or solar shingles. Although the initial cost may be high, your tax credit and the appliances themselves will help pay it off sooner than later.
Geothermal energy is another cost-cutting energy solution. A geothermal system uses ground loops connected to a geothermal heat pump to take energy from the earth during the colder months and put energy back into the ground during the summer. With the proper size and installation, you can see a significant decrease in heating and cooling costs.
Energy Star Appliances
Most custom homes, like many that Viking Custom Homes builds, have a regular central heating and air conditioning system in place. Viking Custom Homes offers 14 SEER heat pump and air conditioning units for the green energy home, which is standard for Maryland’s region. With 14 SEER appliances, you’ll also want to make sure it has the Energy Star label, meaning that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved it as energy-efficient.
The right kind of heating and cooling appliances won’t be the only factor affecting your home comfort and energy savings. Most homes do not have proper insulation in the walls and attic, but Viking Custom Homes offers professional air sealing, tight pack insulation, and much more.
A smart thermostat gives families more nuanced control over their home’s heating and cooling. There are different types, some that focus on heating or cooling specific rooms rather than the whole house, some that learn your habits and automatically alter the temperature based on whether you’re at home or not, and more. If these features appeal to you in a custom home design, contact Viking Custom Homes!
Let us be Your Trusted Maryland Home Builder
Are you ready to bring your dream home to life? Enlist the difference of Viking Custom Homes, Maryland’s trusted home builder of high-quality single-family homes for more than three decades. With over 30 years of experience and a reputation of excellence in over five Maryland counties, we offer the highest standard of customer service and quality assurance for your new home. If you are looking to build on one of our beautiful homesite offerings or on your own lot, we are eager to help you every step of the way towards building your dream home. Let us bring your dream to life by building a home where life unfolds! Contact us online or call today at 410-977-2188 to speak with a member of our trusted team. You can also visit our Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn for more information.