House as a System

Think of your house as a composition of various different components that work together to form a single interdependent system. People that live in the house, heating, cooling and ventilation components, along with the construction materials the house is made of all interact to form this interdependent system. Any changes made to one component of a house can affect other components. For this reason, a house can be very similar to the human body. Like the human body, a house also needs to breath, regulate temperatures, and protect the inside environment from the outside environment. Similarly, the house is also a very delicate system; changes to the system should be made considering all components in mind.

For instance, if your house is cold or drafty it is recommended that you eliminate air leaks from the buildings envelope before investing in a high efficiency furnace. Otherwise, the furnace will be constantly running just to maintain a comfortable temperature level. Likewise high-efficiency windows won’t prevent condensation problems if they are improperly sealed or insulated, the humidifier on the furnace has not been adjusted or if bathroom exhaust fans are rarely used or are improperly ventilated.

A properly functioning home incorporates air tightness and good ventilation. Have one of our NRCan certified energy advisors test your houses system for energy efficiency. We guarantee that any upgrades we recommend will follow the principals of a ‘house as a system’, and will have your house running more efficiently. Contact us today to book your energy audit.