Spray Foam Insulation & HERS Ratings

Important decisions are required of you when building your new home. The impact of some choices are obvious, such as choosing quartz for the kitchen countertop, or selecting paint colours. Other important choices, such as the type of insulation to use, are invisible.

When it comes to home insulation, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) provides a  number rating to make it easy to understand how same-sized homes compare in energy use. According to GreenBuilder magazine, “The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index, while a typical new home might rate 100.”1  A lower HERS rating means less energy is used.

The HERS Index

A home’s energy efficiency rating (HERS) is a great way to make informed buying decisions. It’s also an excellent tool to help you compare the efficiency of new homes to older ones. Providing this information helps potential home buyers to estimate the real money they’ll save by purchasing a more energy efficient home. This is why many large builders use this index to market their homes.

In summary, spray foam insulation will decrease your HERS score and save you money! It will lower your utility bills and make your home more comfortable. You can learn more about the Resnet HERS index at their website.