House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Home Performance’

Don’t Make These Efficiency Mistakes This Summer!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

son-and-fatherIt seems like it’s been a long time coming, but spring is going to be here very soon. Once spring really settles into place, it is only a matter of time before the heat of summer returns. Before we re-enter the cooling season or welcome summer’s arrival, we want to remind you of a few ways in which you can protect your energy efficiency during the summer months. Any number of oversights and user errors can result in an inefficient air conditioning performance.

Keep this information in mind over the coming weeks and months, and be sure to contact our building science professionals if you have any questions about ways in which to boost your home’s performance. With our help, you won’t have to worry about sacrificing comfort for efficiency, or vice versa. We can help you to get the most out of your home and your air conditioner in Norfolk, VA this summer.

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Potential Problems with Your Insulation

Monday, January 30th, 2017

batt-insulationWhile your air conditioner is only going to work during the hot summer months, and your heater will run throughout the winter season, there are certain items in your home that do an important job all year long. While your insulation in Virginia Beach, VA is not a mechanical system with moving parts that will need to be tuned up, it is vital that these materials function precisely as intended at all times. Otherwise, you may encounter a number of different problems.

Chief among these are inefficiency, trouble maintaining even temperatures throughout your home, and even reduced indoor air quality. But why might your insulation fail to live up to expectations to begin with? That is what we want to cover today. If you notice signs of subpar insulation in your home, be sure to call us right away.

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Why Is My Home Heating Up Unevenly?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

When the worst of the winter weather settles in here in Virginia, you want your heater to run reliably. Running reliably isn’t really enough for true comfort, though. Your system must work at peak performance levels in all regards, and that includes the distribution of heat throughout your home.

If your house is not heating up evenly, there are a few different issues that could be to blame. The best thing to do is to call in our heating professionals to evaluate the situation. We’ll get to the bottom of your uneven heating in Portsmouth, VA.

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Some Building Science Tips for a High Performance Home

Monday, June 13th, 2016

When you think of your home, you may fail to understand it as high-performance system. Well, hopefully it falls into the category of “high performance”. If not, you may be paying too much to live to uncomfortably in your house. Building science has come a long way over the years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to build a brand new home in order to get a better performance from your residence. If you are planning on any remodeling services, there are some design tips that can help you to put better building science to work for you. There are also ways in which to make your existing space perform better too, though.

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How Can I Improve my Home Performance?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

This is a question that we get often from our clients. We also get “What is home performance?” Home performance involves making your household more energy efficient so that you can save money throughout your years of residence there, and also improving the indoor air quality of your space so that you breathe clean air year-round. From sealing drafty spots in your building envelope to testing your air ducts to make sure that they are sealed enough to keep your HVAC system energy efficient, home performance can do wonders for your day-to-day.

So, how can you improve your home performance? There are plenty of ways to proceed. You need to make sure that you’re taking steps to improve something that’s actually worth improving as well as targeting those areas that require your immediate attention. Let’s have a look at a few common options.

  • Air sealing. This term describes the procedure whereby the drafty parts of your building envelope are sealed. This allows you to have greater control over how your home is ventilated, and it’s often the first step towards improving your home’s energy efficiency. When your home is adequately sealed, you should see great gains in your comfort and the minimization of energy costs.
  • Insulation replacement. When it comes to energy efficiency, few things are as essential as your insulation. You need to make sure that it’s properly installed so that you can enjoy years of excellent comfort. This is particularly the case if you own and operate a whole house heating and cooling system. There are plenty of options, from spray foam and blown-in insulation to rigid foam board and conventional batt fiberglass.
  • Whole house air purification. One of the problems with portable air filters and purifiers is that they do not function quite as they should. A whole house air purifier may be just what you need to make sure that your entire living space is cleaned of airborne contaminants and pollutants.

Get in touch with your home performance specialists on our team to make sure that such products and services are taken care of properly. Call now.

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