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Recurve Provides Energy Savings with Home Performance Audits and Remodeling

A home performance audit gives you a working plan -- whether you choose a DIY or a qualified contractor approach to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, your workspaces... and even your outdoor living spaces!

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Is your home making you sick? Up to 30% of the air in your home comes from your crawl space. Let the home performance experts at Recurve get to the bottom of your air quality problem at the same time we improve the overall comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

By looking at how your entire house functions as a system, Recurve claims they can save you 30-50% on your energy bills. How can they do that?

"30% of your conditioned Californians' air is lost in leaky ducts!" That's where it starts.

Recurve is an example of the regional home remodeling company of the future who are keeping pace with today's green technologies, services and standards.

Recurve is 70+ people strong and remains committed to fighting global warming one house at a time.

Recurve is a San Francisco-based provider of home performance services that help homeowners and contractors create healthy, energy-efficient homes through green energy remodeling.

Recurve is also making its software suite, called Recurve Software, available for home performance contractors.

Start With a Home Energy Audit

Construction Services Recurve offers a wide range of energy remodeling and construction services which also are known as "home performance retrofitting". Some of the services that create that 40% energy savings -- plus indoor air quality, lower energy use, more comfortable living spaces.
  • Air Sealing and Building Envelope Sealing

    A blower door test will reveal where your home is losing air to the outside world and pinpoint opportunities where – with the proper sealing – your home could do a better job of retaining energy.

  • Insulation

    Insulation allows your home to retain heat. You need to know what insulation you have, how it’s performing, and how much insulation needs to be added to improve performance, health, comfort and energy efficiency.

  • Duct Sealing

    Duct leakage causes severe Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems, and increases energy use. The average duct system leaks 30% of conditioned air.

  • Duct Design & Installation

    Properly designed and installed ducts are essential for optimal energy performance and comfort in all buildings ... including homes.

  • Furnace Sizing & Replacement

    A properly sized furnace heats the home with optimal energy efficiency. Equipment age matters. Size your furnace and assess its useful life. Furnaces have a useful life of 15 years and lose efficiency the older they get.

  • Lighting Efficiency Analysis & Replacement

    Analyze existing lights and energy consumption, and identify lighting efficiency opportunities.

  • Recommend Appliance Replacement

    Replacing top-loading washers with front-loading washers, electric dryers with gas, refrigerators older than 1995, dishwashers older than 1995...these are smart evaluations to save money and carbon waste.

  • Crawlspace Sealing

    A properly sealed crawlspace can make a big difference in your home’s indoor air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency. Seal your crawlspace to prevent moisture and air infiltration.

Green Energy Remodeling

Recurve and similar local and regional home performance and remodeling companies offer a wide range of energy remodeling and construction services which also go under the name "home performance retrofitting".

Qualified sustainable building experts can make it possible for you to bring your house up to health and Energy Star efficiency compliance.

Recurve is a one-stop home performance remodeling contractor, taking care of all permits and construction.

Home Performance Services

Home performance auditors examine your home not only for energy efficiencies, but water use, indoor air quality, and other livability and green building performance standards.

Air Sealing and Building Envelope Sealing

A blower door test can reveal where your home is losing conditioned air to the outside world and pinpoint opportunities where proper sealing can conserve energy.

Insulation

Insulation helps your home's exterior envelop to retain heat; without it, your home can’t maintain a comfortable overall temperature. Auditing insulation for performance can improve comfort as well as energy efficiency.

Duct Sealing

The average duct system leaks 30% of conditioned air. Air duct leakage causes severe Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems with mold, dust, mildew, dead animal odors, and increases energy use, as well.

Duct Design & Installation

Properly designed and installed ducts are essential for optimal energy performance and comfort in the home. If a furnace or air compressor is frequently turning on and off, if you have some rooms that are overheating or overcooling, these are signs that your ducts are poorly designed. Improving your ductwork can reduce your energy costs AND improve comfort and indoor air quality for healthier interior living.

Furnace Sizing & Replacement

Is your furnace the right size and zoned for your living patterns and space? A properly sized furnace heats the home with optimal energy efficiency. Age makes a difference in efficiency relative to useful life. Furnaces have a useful life of 15 years and lose efficiency the older they get, and can be replaced with newer, higher efficiency technology, for higher energy savings.

Lighting Efficiency Analysis & Replacement

Existing lights and energy consumption can provide efficiency opportunities.

Appliance Replacement

Chief candidates for appliance savings and indoor air quality include replacing top-loading washers with front-loading washers, electric dryers with gas. Incentives are often available when replacing refrigerators older than 1995, and dishwashers older than 1995.

Crawlspace Sealing

Properly sealed crawlspace can make a big difference in your home’s indoor air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency. We seal your crawlspace to prevent moisture and air infiltration.

Whole-House Fan

Whole-house fans provide quick, easy flushing of hot air out of your home to cool off your home during the summer months. Hot air accumulates in your attic and needs to be removed from your home before the rooms below can cool down. Air conditioning CAN do this, but a whole-house fan is a far more energy efficient solution.

Solar Thermal

Solar hot water systems use the sun to directly heat water. This is ideal for your hot water needs.

Hydronic Heating

Remember radiators? Hot water can be used to heat your home efficiently. Hydronic-forced air systems as well as hydronic-radiant-baseboard systems are closed-loop systems that can heat your home very efficiently.

AC Improvement

Reduce your need for air conditioning by right sizing your AC unit and upgrading your condensing units to high efficiency SEER 14 or greater units. And don't forget that whole-house fan, and opening windows for fresh air ventilation and temperature regulation!

On-Demand Hot Water

Tankless water heaters can cut energy consumption by 40% and provide endless hot water.

Mold Identification

Mold and mildew are severe health problems for children and adults with vulnerable lungs. Get to the root cause -- moisure -- by identifying what conditions in your home are causing mold to form in the first place. That improves health, reduces costs, and can also save energy with improved ductwork, stopping water leaks, etc.

Solar Electric

Solar PV systems are not appropriate for every home. Investing in making your home more energy efficient first is basic common sense to minimize the size of the PV system and save initial costs as well as ongoing energy loads.

Water Filtration

Reverse-osmosis water filtration units improve water quality in areas with poor water quality, but additional options are available with sediment filters & activated carbon filters..

Heating plant improvement

Air conditioning and heating are major contributors to home energy costs. Optimizing your condensing, zone controls with dampers, and variable speed fan furnaces can save around 40% of the energy of a 20 year-old unit! That's significant!

Window and Door Glazing

Replacing windows isn't the first place to conserve energy -- even though many homeowners look there first. Adding a low-e coating to existing clear windows can be an inexpensive solution that reduces heat transmission as well as sun bleaching.

Electric-to-Gas Appliance Conversion

Natural gas is cheaper than electricity. Check it out. And natural gas can have less environmental impact than coal burning electrical power plants. Clothes washers, electric water heaters and hot tubs are the primary targets for conversion from electrical to gas energy use.

Pipe Insulation

Insulating hot water pipes and heaters can improve efficiency -- and energy waste. Why let 30% of your heat evaporate in crawl spaces and outside walls?

Summary

This article covers a lot of options. A homeowner can undertake many of these remodeling projects themselves, but it helps to start with a good plan -- and a thorough plan such as a home performance audit gives you a working plan -- whether you choose a DIY or a qualified contractor approach to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, your workspaces... and even your outdoor living spaces!

California Services Areas for Recurve

Recurve has two offices in the Bay Area. From San Francisco, they provide home energy audits and energy remodeling / construction services to homeowners in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Jose counties. From Recurve's San Anselmo offices they provide home energy audits and energy remodeling / construction services to homeowners in Marin, Berkeley, Oakland, and Sonoma.

Recurve (Formerly Sustainable Spaces)
1167 Mission St, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.recurve.com/

415.294.5380



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