How is Your Home a System?
Your house is more than just four walls and a roof. It's a complex system of interactive components where changes to one will affect the others. When they all perform in harmony you enjoy a healthy, safe and comfortable home.
Specifically, this system involves:
- The "building envelope" - exterior foundation, walls, roof, windows and doors.
- The mechanical equipment - heating, cooling and ventilation
- Other factors - structure, plumbing, appliances, lighting, landscaping, and even your family’s lifestyle.
The Evolution of Building Science
In the mid-1970’s homebuilders and renovators began using tighter construction, more insulation, air/vapor barriers and energy efficient windows. While these were great improvements, other aspects of the home system suffered. (See our article: Unintended Consequences of Air Sealing and Insulation) As a result, the industry gained better understanding of air, heat and moisture movement in a home, and realized the need to manage the indoor environment in a deliberate and systematic way.
Step 1 for Repairing or Remodeling Your Home
When it’s time for repairs or remodeling your smart first step is getting an Energy Audit or Home Performance assessment by a qualified contractor. The resulting plan will address the whole system, making your home more safe and comfortable. Better yet, it can save you money and frustration down the road!
Diagnose, solve and verify - if you are not testing, you are just guessing!