Energy-Efficient Cooling Solutions for Your Home

Energy-Efficient Cooling Solutions for Your Home

June 24, 2024

Building an energy-efficient home with Legacy Homes is a unique experience. It's not just about saving money on energy bills; it's about creating a comfortable and environmentally friendly living space. We stand out by prioritizing energy efficiency in our homes, all while maintaining style and elegance. Our use of the latest technology and building techniques ensures that our homes are not only certified Energy Right but also help reduce energy bills and protect the environment.

One of the key indicators of a home's energy performance is the HERS score (Home Energy Rating System). Legacy Homes is TVA EnergyRight certified and a RESNET builder. We use Energy Star-rated appliances, and we have a low HERS score of 66. Every home we build is inspected, certified, and assigned a HERS score based on its energy efficiency. HERS is recognized nationally and gives homebuyers a clear understanding of the home's energy performance.

Energy-Efficient Cooling Solutions

There are several energy-efficient cooling options available that not only help homeowners keep cool but also reduce overall energy usage and cost.

1. Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to set specific temperature preferences for different times of the day. This helps reduce energy wastage by automatically adjusting cooling levels when occupants are away or asleep. By using a programmable thermostat, homeowners can optimize energy efficiency and minimize costs without sacrificing comfort.

2. Energy Star Certified Air Conditioners

Investing in an Energy Star-certified air conditioner ensures that homeowners are using an appliance that meets strict energy efficiency guidelines. These units are designed to consume less electricity while delivering optimal cooling performance. Choosing Energy Star-certified air conditioners can significantly reduce utility bills and have a positive environmental impact.

3. Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans provide a cost-effective alternative or complement to air conditioning systems. They create a wind-chill effect, making occupants feel cooler even at higher temperatures. By running ceiling fans alongside air conditioners or solely on their own, homeowners can raise their thermostat settings without sacrificing comfort. This translates into energy savings and reduced utility bills.

4. Window Treatments

Properly chosen window treatments have a significant impact on cooling efficiency. Insulated curtains, shades, or blinds help keep the sun's heat out during the day, reducing the need for excessive air conditioning. Reflective films applied directly to windows can also minimize heat gain by reflecting sunlight. These window treatment options effectively reduce cooling requirements and improve energy efficiency.

5. Ventilation and Whole-house Fans

Whole-house fans installed in the attic or upper floors draw cooler air inside, push out warm air, and help circulate the cool evening breeze throughout the home. These solutions significantly reduce reliance on air conditioning and contribute to energy savings.


Building an energy-efficient home should be a top priority for homeowners and builders alike. Living in a Legacy home means you can be assured of reduced energy bills, improved comfort, and a smaller carbon footprint.

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