Climate control accounts for more than half of the energy used in the average American home. That’s not surprising for most homeowners. As scorching summers and frigid polar vortices grip North America, the need to condition homes is growing, as are the costs. But what if your cooling and heating costs amounted to little more than what you’d spend to dry your hair?
In 2010, Sonoma, California resident Catherine O’Neill realized her dream of creating a comfortable environmentally friendly home that made energy efficiency a top priority. Her passive house features extraordinary airtightness, superior insulation, glazed windows and doors, and renewable solar energy. To cool and heat the 2,350 square foot home, O’Neill relies on a ductless system.