What is Home Performance?
Home Performance is a philosophy and a science, based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, and efficient to operate.
Home performance focuses upon 5 key areas:
Assessing the safety of a home is an important part (maybe the most important) of a home performance contractor's job. Back drafting or damaged combustion appliances that may be sending carbon monoxide into the home, mold, and poorly vented areas are potential safety issues that a home performance contractor is trained to identify and address.
Indoor air quality is listed by the EPA as one of the top environmental threats to human health. VOC's or Volatile Organic Compounds from building material fumes such as household cleaners, mold and other polutants from cooking are all potential health risks inside your home if proper ventilation is not utilized. A home performance contractor will conduct testing and make improvements to ensure that your home's indoor air quality is not a threat to you or your family's health.
Your home is your refuge. It should be comfortable. Drafty rooms, cold spots, unpleasant humidity and heat in the summer, poor quality lighting or incandescent lighting that creates unnecessary excess heat in the summer, are all avoidable discomforts. A home performance contractor can help.
Imperfections, damage, or age of construction or materials can cause discomfort, raise health concerns or have long term repercussions with the value of the home. Moisture problems causing rot in framing, or insufficient drainage causing moisture build up, are among the durability concerns that a home performance contractor will pinpoint, and then remedy.
Last but not least, home performance is about ensuring that a home is cost effective. If a mechanic told you that a few simple improvements could save you money by drastically improving the fuel efficiency of your car, that's something most of us would jump on. That's what EnergyWise Solutions can do for your home.
These are the considerations that a home performance contractor sets out to address, while taking into account the interconnectedness of homes, and the relationships between each of the home's components. A home performance contractor is keenly aware that you can not affect one of these areas without affecting others. Their work delivers measurable results that are continually monitored to assure that no harm is done. In accord with this holistic approach, a home performance contractor will utilize sound science based principles to assess, and then address, any of these potential problems within a home.