Home performance is based on the fact that homes should give you shelter from the wind and rain. The thinking behind home performance is the understanding that the house is a “system”.
It is important that you know about controlling the flow of air, heat, and moisture. You also have to know that the heating and air conditioning system (HVAC system) has everything to do with air, heat and moisture.
Homes must be “safe, healthy, efficient and comfortable. That pretty much sums up what home performance means. Now how to accomplish this?
Above everything, your home needs to be safe. Yes you can find lots of inexpensive ways of reducing energy bills, but you don’t want to do it at the risk of being poisoned by a toxic odorless, colorless gas? (ie carbon monoxide)
Living in a healthy home is the direct result of understanding the flow of air, heat and moisture. A pro would understand that moist air should be kept away from cold surfaces to prevent mold from growing.
If you want to save energy you can turn your thermostat down to 55°. You probably won’t find that very comfortable. But the pros know that comfort is about more than the indoor air temperature.
Another benefit of controlling the flow of heat, air, and moisture is the enhanced durability of the home.
Finally, when you get air flow correct in a home, you end up with a house that’s energy efficient. Why? Because when you control the flows of heat and air, the home doesn’t lose as much heat in winter or gain as much in summer.
Lastly, to accomplish what you want in home performance, hire a professional HVAC company to test the CFM’s in your home. They can give you a whole home assessment to determine whether you’re heating and air conditioning system is operating at optimal specs for your home performance. When it all comes together, you’ll notice the difference.