"My house is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I love being comfortable all year-round, without paying through the nose for blasting the A/C or heat."
The important thing is that my house is enjoyable to live in all year-round now! I don't have to wear an extra sweater in the winter, and I can sleep easy in the summer.
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Wendy Massen thought being uncomfortable was simply a part of living in Bismarck, North Dakota, where summer temperatures reach highs of 90 °F (32.2 °C) and winter cold snaps plunge as low as 0 °F (−17.8 °C).
"I figured it was just the way it was," says Wendy. "My parents' house was unbearably cold and drafty all winter. And in the summertime, it was so hot we could barely sleep."
One day, completely on a whim, Wendy stopped at an open house hosted by a new home builder specializing in high-performance homes.
"I was simply blown away to enter a home with a nice, even temperature."
Wendy raves, "There were no cold rooms. No hot rooms. Just comfort all over the house."
Wendy decided to do some research, and learned that comfort is enhanced by insulation and windows, but that not all insulation materials are created equal. After posing some tough questions to the builder, Wendy put a down payment on a high-performance home of her own.
"It has a lot of spray foam insulation," she boasts. "Attic insulation. Wall insulation. Basement insulation. You name it. The important thing is that my house is enjoyable to live in all year-round now! I don't have to wear an extra sweater in the winter, and I can sleep easy in the summer."
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