A calm household exudes harmony and tranquility. Living in a house with a peaceful foundation can be the foundation to a peaceful life.
A critical piece of the comfort puzzle is noise and vibration. Automotive engineers dedicate their lives to reducing these traits in their vehicles, because although nobody shops for these traits, they are what unconsciously sell the car.
The first principle of comfort is the right temperature. While those of us who are married certainly know that our spouse’s ideal temperature can be different from our own; science has taught us a lot about thermal comfort in the home.
We spend more time in our homes than we do any other single place.
While many people are very willing to spend thousands more on a vehicle that delivers greater comfort, these same people rarely consider how the same concept could apply to their home. When the most common feedback we hear from our clients is how comfortable the home is; then this is something to consider.
Many homeowners complain of rooms too hot or too cold, too dry or too damp, too loud or too dark. Most of us have had the miserable experience of dry air, itchy skin, and static in the winter months; and damp, musty, clammy, or stagnant rooms the rest of the year. And nearly everyone has experienced unpleasant drafts near exterior walls. For these reasons, we sometimes avoid using portions of our homes for entertaining, storage, relaxing, etc.
Many homeowners are not aware that all of these frustrations (and more) are caused by poor building materials, techniques, and integration. R-Value Homes has a solution to these age-old problems with a modern twist on an ancient material: Insulating Concrete Forms. ICF’s are the cornerstone of an entire building system designed for comfort. Our thoughtful combination of materials, techniques, and technologies delivers comfort in three main ways:
A comfortable home is a useful home. When every room in the home is equally comfortable, then all of the home can be used. The basement is no longer suitable only for storage and mechanicals; it is great for bedrooms, a family room, a home theatre, a workout room, a gun vault, and more. When we remove the annoyance of a cold room every time the wind blows or a stifling hot room on a sunny day; your home feels larger. Your children can do their homework in any room without putting on a sweatshirt!
While comfort may be difficult to define, it is easy to enjoy; as our happy clients testify.
Hi again Jake. Our experience working with you was very pleasant and we love the house. We were there in November for a month and lost power for a couple of days. We used a generator to run the basics but did not use it for the geothermal system. Even with no heat the temperature in the house only went down about 2 degrees over the two day period. It was very comfortable and we were thrilled.
We love the house and wouldn’t build with anything but ICF’S. The two things that amaze us most about that house are how quiet it is and how stable the temperature and humidity is.
We are pretty settled in the ICF home which you had a great hand in building. If I were to build another home, I would choose ICF all over again. Just as a matter of perspective, we have officially lived in the home since last October. We have had a chance to go through an entire year and learn about its temperature retaining and stabilizing characteristics. Here are a couple: 1. Regarding AC, we almost never turn it on. I would say it is on about 12 days in the last year. 2. Regarding heat, we have established ourselves on a budget system with the local natural gas provider. Our heating bill is $67 per month. I was thrilled with this as our home as you know is a sprawling ranch with a full 9 foot basement and about 4000 square feet per floor. 3. Although not directly related to the characteristics of ICF, all our lighting is LED. This helps keep our electrical costs low also. So for all this I thank you.