Stay in your comfort zone.
Comfort is hard to define. It seems we only think about comfort when we're uncomfortable.
So when it comes to nailing down what it means to have a comfortable house, it helps to think about it in opposites.
Common house conditions that make us uncomfortable:
- Too hot in the summer
- Too cold in the winter
- Drafts by the windows
- Stale air
- Cold floors
So how does your builder solve for these problems in your new house? You make sure it's airtight-with no unwanted air getting in or leaking out.
Here's how a comfortable high-performance home compares with a standard-built new home
- Properly installed insulation that performs to its labeled R-value
- Chosen to reduce air leakage
- Improperly installed is insulation materials at minimum code
- No air sealing
- Sealed well for reduced air leakage
- Not sealed well
- House built as a system for constant temperature from room to room
- Some rooms can be warm, while others are chilly
- Right sized heating and air conditioning units to remove moisture in the air
- Incorrectly sized heating and air conditioning units
- Sealed envelope reduced sound transfer through air gaps
- Sound transfers through gaps in building envelope