As the world has become increasingly more concerned with energy efficiency, so has M/I Homes. We’ve developed our own program, called Whole Home, dedicated to maximizing energy efficiency in the homes we build. Whole Home accomplishes this goal by exceeding basic Energy Star® requirements. Energy Star® is a voluntary program that aims to help businesses and individuals save money and prevent climate change through energy efficiency. Whole Home goes above and beyond that. While Whole Home consists of many features that vary from state to state, it focuses specifically on four major areas:
- Energy Efficiency: Using less energy to heat and cool your home
- Air: Radically reducing particulates and airborne allergens
- Water: Reducing amount of impurity build-up
- Sustainability: Reducing your environmental footprint
Overall, the individual features help to save you an average of 30% on your energy bill.
We looked into some of the features that Whole Home has to offer, and these are some of our favorites.
- Third Party Home Inspectors: In order to gain an unbiased opinion on the state of our homes, we hire third party RESNET inspectors to test the energy efficiency of our homes not just once, but twice. The first inspection is the Thermal Barrier Checklist and a Duct Blast Test. The second inspection is the Blower Door Test, in which your home is tightly sealed and a fan is strapped to your front door. The fan then blows air out of your home, effectively creating the force of a 20 mph wind against the exterior. The amount of air that is still able to enter your home determines your home’s HERS index rating. Through both of these inspections, the RESNET inspectors are able to verify your home’s energy efficiency, insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details.
- High Efficiency Heating and Cooling Systems: The older systems in traditional homes can score a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 6 or lower. The current minimum for SEER HVAC is 13– our systems score up to a 16 on the scale. For those that don’t know, SEER measures the efficiency of your heat pump and air conditioning systems. We make sure that you get the perfectly sized unit for your home to ensure that you get the best air quality in the most energy-efficient way, which also means that it properly maintains your home’s temperature and level of humidity.
So why does this matter to you? Whole Home’s standards ensure that you get the best for your money.
- Our PEX Hot & Cold Water Tubing, used in most divisions, has 25% fewer connections than traditional water piping, meaning that you get hot water faster and cleaner water.
- Most M/I Homes divisions use a minimum of 12 inches of insulation, which is more than standard code, and means extra comfort and lower utility bills.
- Most homes come with the standard 1” furnace filter. M/I Homes goes above and beyond that, including a furnace filter with a MERV rating of 10 in most divisions. This means no ozone emissions, removes up to 85% of impurities, and even lowers your operating costs.
Speaking of lowering your operating costs, remember that HERS Index we talked about earlier? That number tells you how energy efficient your home is, and lower numbers mean higher energy efficiency. A current home built to standard code will have a HERS rating of 100. The average M/I Home has a HERS index of 62. This means even greater energy savings on your home. For example, when compared to an average home built in 2000 with a monthly utility bill of $250 and a HERS index of 105, you would save you roughly $1,142 per year!
To calculate your savings and find out more about the many features of Whole Home, visit our Whole Home website today.