Home performance is the belief that buildings can and should be made safe, comfortable, durable, and energy-efficient. Ask an insulation contractor, a heating tech, and a window salesperson the best way to warm up a cold room, and you may get three different answers. Putting building performance into practice requires a whole-house perspective.
Caledonia Construction as a home performance contractor takes a whole-house perspective to assessing the causes of home performance problems and proposes the most effective solutions. Understanding the “house as a system” also allows us to solve problems like chimney back drafting that arises from interactions between the building’s shell and its mechanical systems. Our home performance services provide solution to inefficiencies in the following areas.
- Air sealing
- Duct sealing
- Insulation: Properly insulated homes can use 30 to 50 less energy than homes without insulation. Lining your “thermal envelope” – adding materials that don’t readily allow heat to leak through your walls, ceilings, floors, from around your home’s foundations and its ductwork – keeps your home comfortable and saves energy by keeping heat in during the winter and keeping heat out during the summer.
- Lighting & Appliances Equipment: Energy used for lighting and appliances can account for half of your home’s total utility bill. And, as a result of our whole house approach home performance, we often recommend ENERGY STAR qualified products, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, electronic equipment, light fixtures, and compact fluorescent bulbs. An energy- and water-efficient hot water heating system may also be recommended.
- Equipment: Again, our whole house approach to improving your home performance often dictates the recommendation to upgrade heating and cooling system to higher efficiency units when necessary.
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