What is Home Performance?
The term “home performance” gets tossed around quite a bit these days, especially in progressive parts of the state like El Dorado Hills, where homeowners are constantly trying to improve energy efficiency and reduce home heating and cooling costs. But what exactly does home performance mean? Chances are you’ll end up with a different answer depending upon who you ask, but no matter what, the results of home performance should always be the same: a safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient home.
The Basic Tenets of Home Performance
Home performance, generally speaking, is a science-based approach to improving the home that takes into consideration the whole home and all its interacting systems (HVAC, occupants, climate, appliances, etc). There are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration when evaluating home performance. Many homes lack insulation and air sealing, for example, which can lead to drafts, higher energy costs and poor indoor air quality. In order to determine how well a home is performing, however, it’s important to keep a few basic things in mind.
At the end of a home performance evaluation and once the work has been carried out, the following goals must be met before the job is truly completed:
The home must be healthy. This means understanding the importance of air flow and how moisture and other factors can affect indoor air quality.
The home must be safe, above all else. Factors like carbon monoxide, mold/mildew and faulty heating/cooling equipment must be dealt with in order to ensure the safety of residents.
The home must be comfortable. Sure, you can turn your thermostat down to 55 degrees to save on energy costs, but chances are you’re not going to want to live like that unless you’re a Vermonter. Home performance pros know that comfort is about more than just indoor air temperature, which is why it’s important to take a “whole home” approach.
The home must be durable. Fortunately, durability is a positive side effect of controlling heat, airflow and moisture levels in the home, which is a necessary aspect of home performance.
The home must be efficient. No one wants to spend more money than they have to on heating and cooling costs, and energy efficiency is a major part of improving home performance.
California Energy Services Can Help
At CES, we believe that all of our customers should have the chance to improve home performance and create a more comfortable living space. Our team will evaluate your home and make recommendations for work that can help take performance to the next level, no matter how new or old the home may be.
It’s time to boost your home’s performance. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!