The Whole-House Approach to Energy Efficiency

You may have heard about something called the whole-house systems approach for residential energy savings. What is this, exactly, and how does it help with optimizing energy use in a home?

The Different Levels of the Whole-House Approach

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the whole-house approach “considers the house as an energy system with interdependent parts, each of which affects the performance of the entire system.” Along with taking into account the appliances such as the heater and air conditioner, the whole-house approach also considers the occupants, site, and the local weather.

The whole-house approach helps architects and builders create the best strategies for creating homes that optimize energy use. This has led to the development of special ultra-efficient homes in the U.S. that consume no more energy than their renewable energy systems produce.

But what about at the homeowner level? You can also benefit from a whole-house approach when it comes to renovations and improvements to your current house. Improvements will help reduce utility bills, boost comfort, and protect indoor air quality. However, you must hire professionals familiar with the whole-house approach and the best way to implement it.

The Home Performance Assessment

The best way to get started with taking the whole-house approach is to arrange for a home performance assessment (a.k.a. an energy audit) with trained professionals. Our technicians will inspect and analyze your home, looking at it as a single energy system, and find out where it is losing energy. We’ll then provide you with a priority list of improvements so you can manage all the energy systems in your home. Our team members can assist with the heating, cooling, air filtration, and home envelope improvements, and we will make sure that the work fits in with your budget and available time.

Call on Comfort Central, Inc. to ask about scheduling a home performance assessment. We serve Brevard, NC and throughout Western North Carolina.

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