Whole House Approach
Hometrust Remodeling takes the whole house approach to home improvements. Our visit to your home includes several steps of investigation and testing to properly diagnose potential issues and recommend energy efficient improvements that will work.
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The whole house approach to remodeling is unique and requires a team that has a broad knowledge base about residential dwellings, how they are assembled and how all of the systems work together in order to keep the elements out, conditioned air in and the inhabitants healthy, safe and within a budget.
If you are asking yourself questions such as: If I replace my 15 year old HVAC will the room over the garage become more comfortable in the winter? Or, Do I need an attic fan or to run it more to reduce my upstairs temperature and bills in the summer?
Then, you might be a good candidate to consider having someone guide you through the whole house approach.
The whole house approach is the smartest way to consider a home improvement project no matter what the motivation might be. One example of the importance of taking the whole house approach can be taken from this common situation: an addition that was put on the house in the past seems to have caused several undesirable effects.
1. The energy bill has doubled.
To make matters worse, two years after the addition was put on, an HVAC company convinced the homeowner that HVAC replacement would solve the issue. Unfortunately, it did not and it never would!
In this situation, if you cannot think of at least five possible reasons for this problem, besides the HVAC or windows, then the whole house approach is right for you. Getting an energy audit done before any major renovation is a wise choice. The whole house approach will save you money. It will educate you on how your home is a system of many parts all of which are subtly connected to one another and if not always directly, certainly indirectly.
Here is another tip! Nobody says windows and HVAC are not important. There are countless benefits. But, without proper investigation, testing and building science techniques the obvious and most expensive solution might not work and could make an issue worse.
Building Performance Institute
BGE Approved Energy Contractor