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New Home Buyer Tips

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Brian Wescott, our sales manager in Roanoke, Virginia, has a unique perspective on buying and building a home from David James Homes. After years of experience helping other people realize their homebuilding dreams, Brian recently built his own custom David James home. He offers these insightful suggestions for the new home buyer to consider.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are generally wall-mounted and take up less space as compared to units with tanks. Also, tankless units use 30 to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks and are estimated to save the average family about $100 or more per year. Tankless units heat water only when the faucet is turned on and eliminate the cost of keeping 50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank. They usually operate on natural gas or propane. The downside to a tankless heater is the initial cost; however, this cost can be offset with lower energy bills. Brian was at first a little skeptical, with two daughters and a wife that love to take long hot baths he wondered whether his 7.1 gallon per minute unit would be able to keep up with the hot water demand. But to his delight, the unit has kept up with hot water to spare.

Variable Speed Well Pump

Variable speed well pumps deliver constant pressure using a variable speed motor that allows the pump to speed up or slow down depending on the level of water usage. The biggest advantage of this system is that it responds, as required, to match the demand of water needed. This makes a more efficient system that saves the homeowner money by reducing energy use. Another benefit is with conventional pumps every time the pump starts up, strain on the motor which increases the likelihood of failure. With a variable speed well pump it is constantly running so it doesn’t suffer from that startup strain.

R21 Wall Insulation

Admittedly, insulation is not sexy, but increasing your wall insulation will result in tangible benefits in the long run. From all the optional upgrades available from David James Homes, this upgrade is most often encouraged by Brian. Better insulating your home provides for less air infiltration and greater resistance to heat flow. The more heat flow resistance, the lower your heating and cooling costs. Choosing R21 wall insulation over lower R-values will reduce your heating and cooling costs while also improving your comfort.

Now that you have some suggestions for options to consider in your new home, feel free to peruse our gallery of homes. We’re sure you’ll find the home that is just right for you!

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