Benefits of passive homes
Passive houses are not only great for the environment — they also benefit their occupants. From a quieter home to lower electric bills, here are some of the benefits of building or redesigning a home to be passive.
Reduced energy costs
One of the most appealing reasons to remodel or build a passive house is the lower energy costs. With the potential for a passive home to use90% less energy than standard buildings, this also means lower energy bills. Because these homes heat and cool themselves without air conditioners or furnaces, monthly energy bills can be significantly lower.
Contrary to what many may think, comfort in passive houses actually can increase compared to standard construction. With a focus on insulation and high-performance ventilation, passive houses use energy sources inside the building, such as body heat, to maintain an even temperature throughout the space.
Additionally, the difference between the temperature of doors or windows — which can often be cooler or warmer than the rest of the home — is consistent with the internal temperature of the rest of the home due to the quality of the insulation.
Improved indoor air quality
Passive houses are airtight, with a ventilation system that filters out pollen and allergens more quickly due to its efficiency. As a result, it also lets in far less dust as well, keeping the air fresh and free of pollutants and odors that may irritate those with allergies. As an added benefit, this makes for a quieter home!
To learn how it all comes together — from the components of a passive house to how each part leads to benefits in your day-to-day life — we’ve summed it up for you below.