Home Performance Contracting
On first impressions houses may seem static and unchanging, but in fact they are highly dynamic. A variety of environmental factors influence the internal climate of a house, including air temperature, humidity, and radiant heat from the sun to name a few. The ability of a house to adjust to these factors with maximum efficiency and minimum cost is what we call “home performance.”
You may feel you are “paying too much at the pump” to heat your home in the winter, or you may be sacrificing comfort to keep utility bills down. When you have a high-performing home, you don’t have to make compromises – you can have comfort, efficiency, and cost savings all rolled into one. To top it off, a high-performing home is good for the environment.
Envinity specializes in optimizing home performance through building science, helping you to achieve a desirable balance between cost, comfort, and energy efficiency. It starts with the home energy audit. We take a comprehensive “whole-house approach” to analyze your home and understand the factors that may be limiting your home’s performance, such as poor insulation, air leaks, and inefficient mechanical systems. Once we have acquired an understanding of the whole system, we can recommend specific steps to achieve higher performance within your budgetary constraints.
We first suggest improvements that give you the “biggest bang for your buck,” including: tuning up your existing mechanical systems so that they are performing at their peak; testing airflow and plugging leaks with simple air-sealing techniques; and adding new insulation to supplement or replace old insulation. These steps are the low-hanging fruit, and they are often where our customers see the biggest efficiency gains and cost savings. Only after these baseline improvements are made will we suggest upgrades to your mechanical systems, such as improved HVAC systems and water heaters.
When you’re ready to move forward, our team can also perform the installation and monitor your home over time to make sure it’s performing at its peak. To get started, take our home energy survey.