High Performance Homes

DON'T FORGET THE VENTILATION!​


​Have you ever heard people say "A house needs to breath"? 

That is a true statement but by breathing do you want outside air just leaking into your home, especially in extreme temperatures? That doesn't make a home very comfortable to live in! This is a fresh air system that allows your home to get the right amount of fresh air without being drafty and inefficient. It also keeps the air that you already paid to condition from being lost in the process. Operating costs are minimal and easily offset by it's energy savings. More importantly what value do you put on a heathy home with great indoor air quality? It's expensive to control your indoor air quality if you have a leaky home.

When it comes to your home the old saying should be "seal it tight, ventilate it right"! 


  • Notice the screenshots below from one of our High Performance Homes completed in 2016.  The home is 2000 square feet plus 1400 square feet of insulated and conditioned basement for a total of 3400 square feet.   It is conditioned with a 1 ton heat pump unit with 3 zones.  For comparison, a single wide mobile home typically gets a 2 ton or larger.  This small size is achieved with the help of a high performance insulation package.  On this particular morning the outside temperature is 20 degrees. Most home's heating system would be working overtime but this system happens to be off while still maintaining a indoor temperature of 72 degrees.  
  • ​The basement temperature is set for 60 degrees but its actually 66.  The basement is 6 degrees warmer than its setting without the heat running!  Check the humidity.  How many people have basements this warm and dry?  It IS entirely possible to have a clean and dry basement that is as comfortable as the rest of the home.
  • The last picture shows the energy costs for October and November.  This system cost $8 to run for the entire month!  Granted these are typically mild months but does your home maintain comfort at that price?  This home is projected to average $0.85 daily in heating and cooling costs.   Do you see electricity rates coming down anytime soon?  

HVAC


HEATING, VENTILATION, and AIR CONDITIONING


This system is a major component affecting your homes comfort, health, and efficiency or the lack thereof.  Sadly many new home's HVAC systems are not any of those because they just weren't designed to be.  Many owners of new homes experience problems or have problems they don't even know about yet.  HVAC is also likely the largest power consumer in your home.  If it uses the most power, it might be a good idea to make it as energy efficient as possible.  What kind of system would you choose for your new home? 


  • Does your system do more than blow warm air in the winter, cool air in the summer, and take the stink out of the bathroom?
  • Is your system sized accurately for YOUR home?  (Bigger is not better, it typically lowers the comfort and health in your home)
  • Does the system operate at the efficiency that you paid for? (How do you know if it does?)
  • Is your system costing more $$ to operate than it should?
  • Does it control humidity which can lead to mold and mildew growth?
  • Does it remove contaminates from the air that can cause allergies and other health problems?
  • ​Does it maintain equal temperatures in every room?
  • Is it noisy? (It doesn't have to be!)
  • Does it provide fresh, clean, and healthy air into your home? (I'm not talking about what comes in through the cracks; that's not necessarily healthy or clean)


There ARE better ways to achieve a comfortable, healthy, and efficient home!  





Let us show you what we can do for YOU!