Why Comfort Advantage?
Pearl River Valley Electric believes it is important to help members use energy wisely.
The objectives of the Comfort Advantage Home Program are:
1. To reduce the amount of energy it takes to heat and cool a home
2. To make a home generally more energy efficient
3. To make it more comfortable
4. To enable our members to save on their energy bills
5. To increase the resale value associated with the home
In short, Comfort Advantage Standards helps create a comfortable, energy-efficient home designed to reduce its energy consumption and add to its value.
Comfort Advantage Incentives*
... for New Homes
Free underground service up to 150':
Installing a 13 SEER* Heat Pump
Free underground service up to 150' and $500:
*Installing a 15 SEER* or higher Heat Pump
*Installing a qualifying Ground Source Heat Pump
$200: *Installing a Heat Pump in a non-Comfort Advantage Home
$150: *Installing an Electric Water Heater in a non-Comfort Advantage Home
... for Upgrading an Existing Home
$200: Installing a Heat Pump in a non-Comfort Advantage Home
$150: Converting a Gas Water Heater to an Electric Water Heater
*Note: Comfort Advantage incentives are paid to whoever decides to incorporate Comfort Advantage Standards - Owner or Builder
Why a Heat Pump?
Even Comfort - Heat pumps provide heating and cooling comfort throuout the house, without drafts or hot/cold spots.
Economy - Properly sized heat pumps can be as efficient as any other kind of heating/cooling system. A SEER rating of 13.0 or more is required.
Safety - Heat pumps provide comfort without fumes, ashes or soot.
Convenience - System operation is simple and automatic. Set it once to maintain comfort all year round.
Wise Investment - An electric heat pump system enhances the value of your home
Elements of a Comfort Advantage Home
Ceiling - Flat ceiling areas must be insulated to a minimum of R-30. Either batt or loose-fill blown insulation is acceptable. If loose-fill blown insulation is used, the minimum number of inches (depth) and number of bags per I 000 sq. ft. must be properly installed as specified by the manufacturer to meet R-value requirements. A minimum of R-19 must be installed in roof/ceiling combinations.
Walls - A minimum insulation value of R-18 must be installed in exterior walls and in wall areas exposed to attic spaces or other exposed partitions.
Floors - A minimum insulation value of R-19 must be installed over vented and open crawl spaces, garages, open areas or unconditioned basements.
All attics must be adequately vented to reduce heat and moisture buildup. A continuous ridge and continuous soffit ventilation provide an excellent natural ventilation system for most common roof configurations.
Required measures include: weather stripped doors; sealed openings on exterior walls; caulking and sealed shim space around windows and exterior doors. Vapor barriers are also recommended.
Metal insulated foam core doors are recommended. Solid wood doors or a combination of hollow core and storm doors also meet standards.
Windows are the greatest source of heat loss and gain in a house. They must be double glazed or stormed to reduce these factors to a minimum. Total windows must not exceed 20% of the floor area. (A limited amount of single glazed decorative glass is allowable)
The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system must be an electric heat pump system designed for whole conditioning. For even comfort, the system must be properly sized and must have a seasonal energy rating of 13.0
Water heating is to be supplied electrically by ASHRAE 90 certified efficient equipment. A heat recovery device or a heat pump water heater is strongly recommended. Water storage tank insulation and hot water supply piping insulation are required.
All energy requirements must be served by Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association through one meter.