Before diving into this post, you may have first read the title and thought “What is home performance?” Essentially, home performance is taking a look at your house as a whole and making it work to the best of its ability and provide the most quality and efficiency to the owners and residents. All round, a home that maximizes performance means a home that is a great place to live. Just like the human body acts best when all of the different systems within it are working properly, a home’s systems combine to make it perform. If one system fails, the whole house suffers.
There are four essential aspects to examine when looking at home performance. Below, we’ll give an overview of each and let you know how they can all lead to a better home for you.
1. Comfort – It’s no secret—living in a comfortable home makes our lives much better. Constantly breathing in clean air and being surrounded by the perfect temperature in our homes leads to maximum comfort and happiness. High comfort comes from heating or cooling a home to the right temperature, then maintaining that temperature for an extended period of time. This means home features such as good insulation and air sealing are just as important as having functional furnaces or air conditioning systems. The inability to reach and maintain a suitable temperature in the home will lead to discomfort. A home performance audit and assessment can determine how your home’s overall comfort can be improved.
2. Health and Safety – It’s a common misconception that being outside is more harmful when it comes to dust, pollen and allergens than being inside.In fact, the opposite can hold true if the air in our home isn’t clean. These particles can easily get trapped and keep cycling around inside our homes without proper ventilation and filtration, which can lead to harm to our health and safety. If you or another resident of the home has allergies and they appear to be worse inside the house than outside (and if the allergies aren’t pet related), you probably have poor indoor air quality. Fortunately, there are many solutions to improving the air quality inside your home. Energy audits and home performance assessments can also check for safety issues with your home, such as risks for combustion or harmful gas in your home.
3. Durability – If you’ve ever seen a house or barn that looks like it’s about to fall over, or already has, there are some specific culprits that probably did the trick. Aside from poor construction, things like water leaks in the roof can cause the longevity of your home’s structure to be greatly compromised. There are many hidden problems that cannot easily be seen by the average homeowner, which is why contracting for outside professional help could be the answer to making sure your house is standing strong for the long haul.
4. Efficiency – Efficiency is perhaps the home performance piece that is most commonly thought of, though it is not always the most addressed. All different parts of your house, from different rooms to different appliances can all contribute to higher efficiency in the home. Making small, targeted changes or improvements to each areas can lead to a greater level of efficiency for your home as a whole. Most, if not all, homes have room for huge improvements when it comes to efficiency. Finding a contractor and partner to help pinpoint these improvements and then execute on them will ensure you’re making the most of your home’s potential performance.
Experienced and professionals contractors, like our team here at BelRed, have a near obsession with all four aspects of home performance. We understand that all pieces are equally important to a high performance home. That’s why we’d love to make sure your home performance meets and exceeds your needs.Tags: home comfort, home energy assessment, Home energy audit, Home performance, home performance evaluation