Did you know that single-family homes are the highest users of energy in our country?

Utility companies estimate that inside your home, as much as 70 percent of the energy you pay for is used for heating and cooling.

With energy prices continuing to rise, it’s no wonder homeowners are looking for ways to make their largest investment more cost and energy efficient.

When constructing a new home, it’s important to take the whole-house approach when considering your insulation needs.

What type and how much insulation is an important factor, but let’s not forget about ventilation, heating and cooling systems and appliances.

Few people realize that today’s building codes call for continuous ventilation in your home to maintain air quality standards published by the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

The air handling equipment used in your home is designed as a two-way system of supply air (air coming into your home) and exhaust air (air leaving your home).

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