Efficient heating, cooling and water heating systems

Carol Friedland, Kleinpeter, Shelly

LaHouse is a display of high-performance building practices to create more sustainable, resilient and healthy homes in the gulf region. The research-based facility is located on LSU's Baton Rouge campus and displays home-building techniques and solutions for Louisiana's unique climate. LaHouse is open weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 p.m. for self-guided tours or can be toured completely virtually.

Energy Star SEER 18 variable capacity A/C

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ENERGY STAR® doors, windows and appliances have been independently tested and certified to meet strict energy-efficiency standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. All ENERGY STAR certified products can be found on the EPA’s website.

Programmable thermostat, hygrometer

Having a programmable thermostat can save a significant amount on energy bills as it allows you to schedule certain temperatures throughout the day. Some even offer the ability to schedule certain temperature patterns for specific days to account for weekends when people are home more. It is also convenient as you don’t need to constantly adjust the temperature as you go to bed or leave for the day.

There are also types of programmable thermostats that can be checked and controlled from your phone in case you forget to set it or need to adjust the settings from anywhere.

Mastic sealed, R8 insulated ducts in attic

Mastic is an alternative to the typical tape used to seal ducts. Foil tape is more common, but is also more prone to leaks which can create uneven heating and cooling throughout the home.

Using mastic instead of foil tape is a more permanent solution to seal ducts without the risk of leaks.

Efficient duct layout, dual return grilles

An efficient duct layout can save money through increased efficiency, balanced air distribution, and proper airflow rates.

Incorrectly sized ductwork that does not allow air to flow correctly will probably require redesigning to keep the air in that building comfortable. Properly sealed and balanced ductwork will use less energy and reduce cost. Outgoing grilles are equally as important as grilles that take in air for cooling and heating the home.

10/24/2022 8:30:41 PM
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