Your House As A System: The Whole House Approach

July 17, 2013

When you build a new home or remodel your existing one, there are several ways to optimize energy efficiency. A holistic approach considers the house as an energy system with independent parts, each affecting the performance of the entire home. When you alter one of these parts, or add a new one, it is important to consider how it will work with the rest of the system.

Even if you’re not planning on building, you can still assess the efficiency of your home as it stands now. With summer in full swing, you want to keep your home cool and comfortable. However, if your home isn’t energy efficient, you could be losing a lot of the cool air that should be circulating (and paying more for it). You can find out how efficient your home is by having an energy professional perform an energy audit on your home. This audit consists of several tests that will evaluate multiple variables and detect any areas in your system that aren’t working. You will then be provided with cost-effective, energy efficient solutions that you can implement to improve your comfort levels.

The end result: keeping the temperature and the costs down in your home.

Benefits of making your home more energy efficient include:

  • Reduced utility and maintenance costs (you could save over 20% annually!)
  • Increased comfort
  • Decreased noise levels
  • A healthier and safer indoor environment
  • Improved building durability

For more information about your home working as a system, please watch Energy Star’s video about energy efficiency below.


If you are interested in learning more, please give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form by clicking here.

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