Why are Net-Zero Homes so Comfortable?
Net-zero homes are an excellent option for those looking for a comfortable, energy-efficient space. By producing as much clean energy as they consume, net-zero homes are up to 80% more energy-efficient than typical new homes.
In order to reach such impressive levels of energy efficiency, these homes need to have extremely airtight building envelopes. That means that the outer structure of the house (walls, windows, etc.) doesn’t allow the home’s heated (or cooled) air to leak out. It also means that moisture can’t get into the walls and cause problems–ensuring the walls stay in great shape as the years go by. For the same reasons that air and moisture can’t get in or out, noise can’t either–making for a home that’s blissfully quiet.
So not only are net-zero homes better built, they’re more comfortable for the people who live in them. All that great building technology results in a home that has more even temperatures in every room. And thanks to the ventilation system (an HRV or ERV)–which is designed to bring fresh air into bedrooms and living rooms and take stale air out of kitchens and bathrooms–the air quality is top-notch! Pollen and dust are drastically reduced, and the air inside the home is kept circulating and clean.