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Home Performance is a combination of philosophy and science that is based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, and efficient.
After all, homes — probably the biggest investment most of us will ever make — are one of the few things we purchase that don't come with an instruction manual. Does the home promote our familiy's health, align with our lifestyle, while not detracting from the environment? These are all considerations that a homeowner will either take for granted (we would assume, after all, that the air inside a home wouldn't be a potential health hazard), or simply neglect.
Yet these are the considerations that King Pine Homes sets out to address, while taking into account the interconnectedness of homes, and the relationships between each of the home's components. In accord with this holistic (whole house) approach, we assess, and then address, any of these potential problems within a home.
The 5 Pillars of Home Performance
Assessing the safety of a home is a cricital step (maybe the most important) in any home rehab project. Hire quality contrators who are on the lookout for backdrafting appliances that may be sending carbon monoxide into the home. Further, unsafe levels of formaldehyde from building materials is another potential safety issue a home performance contractor should be trained to address.
Indoor air quality is listed by the EPA as one of the top environmental threats to human health. A home performance contractor's job is to ensure that your home's indoor air quality is not a threat to you or your family's health.
Our home is our refuge. It should be comfortable. Drafty rooms, cold spots, unpleasant humidity and heat in the summer, poor quality lighting or incandescent lighting that creates unnecessary excess heat in the summer, are all avoidable unpleasantries. Properly insulating and air sealing your home should further mitigate these issues.
Imperfections within a building, in addition to causing discomfort raising health concerns, can also have long term repercussions. Moisture problems causing rot in framing, or insufficient insulation causing ice dams, are among the durability concerns that a home performance contractor will pinpoint, then tackle.
Last but not least, home performance is about ensuring that a home is cost effective to live in. If a mechanic told you that a few simple improvements could drastically improve the fuel efficiency of your car, that's something most of us would jump on. That's what a home performance contractor does for your house.