Marcus Hiles has one last tip for homebuyers and renters. He suggests that you look for properties that have newer air conditioner units that have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) that is 16 or above. The Department of Energy only requires new units to be rated between 13 and 14, but as Hiles points out, the bigger the number the better the savings. When compared to a unit that is 15 years old and rated at 10, the newer units can cut air conditioning costs as much as 60 percent. He equips his properties with new air conditioning units that deliver savings of more than $424,000 every year. He also points out that over five years that will be more than $6 million saved and carbon emissions lowered by 327,000 tons.
Marcus Hiles practices his competence in analyzing the impact that different building features and materials have on energy loss when planning and building. He uses window placement plans that embellish a housing development’s information and materials — and run-down fluctuating Texas temperatures — to restrain heat gain in the summer and promote heat retention in the winter. Through the placing of windows with the proper solar coefficient, frames that prevent air leakage, and shading devices, the loss of a home’s heated air and cooled air is decreased. This produces fewer carbon emissions and greater cost savings. For the purpose of alleviating the transfer of heat from the sun through the roof and into air ducts, Hiles harnesses the power of radiant roof panels to heave summer heat away from the home, thus lowering cooling costs by five to ten percent. He creates higher value by installing air conditioning systems that have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) that exceeds government standards. This charts in continuous reductions in carbon and generates over $420,000 in energy savings for those living in Western Rim Property Services communities.