Home as a System
Let's start with this fact, homes that have identical floor plans can have vastly different utility costs.
One house could have the majority of its glass face west, making air conditioning bills high in the summer, while the other's glass faces north, elevating winter heating bills.
One house could have R-38 attic insulation, while the other has R-30 (or R-19 in older homes!)
One house could have poorly caulked doors and windows, while the other has better air sealing.
Not to mention different numbers of inhabitants, pets and plants, different appliances, different thermostat setting.
At NorthStar Comfort Services, we approach every house individually because every house presents unique challenges to becoming more comfortable and efficient. While there are general guidelines to follow, we specialize in using our resources to keep up with building science, so we can keep providing the best answers for you. We view your home as an integrated system.
Specifically, there are three areas of concern that affect a home's comfort and, by dealing with them; you can confront most of your performance problems.
Heat is moved through conduction, convection and radiation. Our insulation and window film products deal directly with controlling heat flow.
How and where air circulates through your home is dependent on the invisible air pressures inside and outside the home. We offer air sealing as part of our installation in new homes and Home Performance Testing on existing homes to find those air leaks!
Recent health and comfort problems caused by mold have created a new awareness about where water and water vapor flows in your home. Most of the time, stopping air flow will stop moisture flow. We install vapor barriers in new homes to control moisture, including Certainteed's MemBrain which alters how much moisture can pass through it.
The Home as a System, or Whole House concept can be pretty daunting at first, second or third glance. That is why we are here to help guide you in making the best decisions you can.