The COVID-19 pandemic has had a resounding effect on the way people live — not just how they interact with those around them, but potentially how they experience their homes as well. More time at home can change how people perceive tangible things like increased ability to work from home, as well as less tangible things like indoor air quality, noise reduction and overall house performance.
High-performance homes can offer increased comfort, better air quality, reduced noise, and lower energy and water bills, all of which can benefit your health, well-being, and lives. finances, as well as those of your family. Your current home may not provide these elements, but investing in renovations or a new home could ensure they are included in the future. Asking the right questions will help ensure you’re getting the kinds of features you’re looking for in a renovation or your next new home.
For example, you may now notice that it seems like the air conditioner or heater is on all the time, or that the temperature fluctuates as you move from room to room throughout the day. Or maybe you’re using more energy and water during the day, so you’re increasingly concerned about how this will affect your utility bills. Raising these types of concerns with a home builder or remodeler can help them identify the right high-performance solutions for your current or future home.
Solutions may include:
Building products and materials to increase energy efficiency, such as:
– Smart thermostats to help regulate the temperature.
– High R-value insulation in floors, walls and ceilings to retain heat in your home.
– Weatherstripping around windows and doors to prevent air leaks, which can overload air conditioning units.
– Water Sense labeled luminaires to reduce water consumption.
– Energy Star qualified appliances.
– Appropriately sized heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment to comfortably and efficiently heat and cool your home year-round.
Construction products and materials to improve ventilation and air quality, such as:
– Smart appliances improve efficiency and energy consumption
– Sensors and automated thermostats and timers for your heating or cooling systems, to help regulate circulation and ventilation. It is also suggested to clean and change the filters frequently.
– Sustainable building materials that use fewer chemicals and irritants, such as low-VOC paints, formaldehyde-free products, and sustainably sourced products.
For more information, visit homeperformancecounts.info. The site, Home Performance Counts, is a joint initiative of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to help homeowners better understand the rapid growth of high-performance homes and the market.
To find a professional who will offer you options for your upcoming home renovation, including materials to help with energy efficiency and air quality, visit the Master Builders Association’s Renovated Homes Tour of this weekend, featuring two homes from Irons Brothers Construction, Inc. To register for the October 22 tour and receive more Healthy Homes information, visit www.ironsbc.com and www.remodeltour.com.
— By Joseph Irons, President
Irons Brothers Construction, Inc.
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