A Healthier Home for the Long Haul

Argintar_DSC0022_adjusted-smallEnhabit homeowner Susan Argintar’s philosophy when it comes to house hunting? “You’ll know it when you feel it—that’s it!” After looking at nearly 50 homes with her partner Jonathan, they knew they had found “the one” the moment they stepped into a ranch-style house nestled on a quiet street in the Cully Neighborhood of NE Portland.

“We love this house. As soon as we walked in, it felt right. The layout makes sense, it has tons of storage, and it’s a home we can grow into,” Susan says with a smile on her face.

#1 Priority: Radon

Susan and Jonathan learned they were expecting a child while on their house hunt, which made health and safety a top priority.

“We tested for radon as part of buying the house,” says Susan. “Since I was pregnant at the time, it became extremely important.” After learning the house had radon levels in the mid-teens, they installed a radon mitigation system.

The process was quick, and Susan feels peace of mind knowing their home is keeping pollutants out of their living space. “It’s easy to ignore because you can’t see it or smell it, but having a baby really makes you prioritize it more. Now, we make sure to tell all our friends,” she says.

Brrr…Oregon is not Florida!

Now that the family is complete with 2 ½ year old Noam and sweet dog Hilde, Susan felt it was time to tackle some other issues creating discomfort in their home.

Weathering Oregon’s four seasons (very different from sunny Florida…) they felt the dramatic temperature highs and lows. The house lacked insulation, leading to broad temperature swings throughout the home.

“It will be really hot, and then really cold. The back of the house was freezing cold, and then you’ll walk in another room and it’s fine. It’s weird to feel such a shift in the same house,” says Susan.

On hot summer days and nights, the family retreated to the basement to stay cool. In a home that Jonathan says, “we’ll live in until we die,” it’s important to feel comfortable.

Susan learned about Enhabit’s partnership with the Living Cully Ecodistrict after receiving pamphlets and information in the mail about the Cully Weatherization 2.0 project, an anti-displacement project serving the diverse residents of the Cully neighborhood. With that, she turned to the Cully Project and Enhabit to advise her family on the next steps to a more comfortable home.

Upgrades Coming Soon

The project will begin within the next few month, with Enhabit contractor Good Energy Retrofit. Susan can hardly wait to feel the difference, especially once the insulation is increased.

Most of all, she is thankful for the Cully Project, which will enable her young family to live more comfortably in the home they love. 

“Cully is a changing neighborhood, and I think the reasons for the program are wonderful. This neighborhood has had steady homeownership, and has resisted change for a long time,” says Susan.

“Owning a house is the key to having a more financially viable future. It’s great to keep people in their homes. I understand it now that I’m a homeowner.”