You may have heard your friends and neighbors moaning and groaning about all the pesky paperwork and scheduling involved with permits and compliance for their home projects, including HERS ratings here and throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, Sacramento and the Bay Area of California. But what exactly is a HERS rating, what are the situations in which you may need one.
What Is A HERS Rating?
HERS is an acronym for the Home Energy Rating System index. This nationally recognized system determines the overall energy efficiency of a home. When remodeling or upgrading your home in California, compliance (or your local building department) may require that obtain a HERS rating or verification depending on what you are installing.
A HERS rating or verification when upgrading your home or mechanical systems will verify not only that the equipment being installed by your contractor meets current California energy efficiency standards, but also verifies proper installation. This gives the homeowner peace of mind, knowing their new equipment will operate as efficiently as possible.
When Do I Need A HERS Rating?
As a homeowner here in California, you may be required to obtain a HERS rating whenever you are:
Buying a home
Selling a home
Building a home
Renovating your existing home
Installing or upgrading mechanical or HVAC equipment in your home
The reason? To ensure upgrades are meeting current energy standards, provide updated energy consumption data and efficiency levels of California homes, and to help provide homeowners with the knowledge to invest in energy saving measures that are proven to be effective.
*The HERS requirements are outlined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 24.
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