Comfort and Environmental Impact by the Numbers

“I’m a numbers guy. I wanted an accurate measurement of air leakage in my home.”

Ted Brekken knows firsthand the value of living in a home that performs well. He worked hard to upgrade his first home so his family would have a healthy, comfortable and efficient place to live. “We made performance improvements and really liked the results,” said Ted.


Love your family, love the planet: the Brekkens increase their home’s performance while reducing its mark on the environment.

So when the Brekkens purchased their new home in Corvallis, that feeling of drafty rooms and cold floors was all too familiar. Addressing his family’s comfort was a top priority.

“Home performance improvements are first in line in terms of how I wanted to spend money on my home,” said Ted. He called Enhabit to learn exactly what was going on in his home.

Ted calls himself a numbers guy. “Getting measurements on how my house performs really appealed to me. I wanted an accurate measurement of air leakage,” he said.


Ted appreciated the precision with which Enhabit and his contractor measured and delivered results on his home.

Unlike a plumbing or roof leak, air leaks are invisible. Ted was eager to learn how much air was leaking from his home. He got a free home check-up from Premium Efficiency, a certified Enhabit contractor that specializes in Total Home Performance. They looked at the Brekken home as a complete system, evaluating all the major components and structural features and coming up with a plan for upgrades.

Ted received a full report with recommendations on how to create a more comfortable, efficient and healthy home. He worked with Premium Efficiency to seal the air leaks and install insulation in the attic and floors, saving $1,000 through rebates from Enhabit.

Ted noted a stark difference in comfort, “I thought it would be more subtle but we could feel the change immediately. The house is less drafty and the floors are warmer.”

Comfort was only one part of Ted’s equation—he also felt compelled to reduce the footprint of his home. The Brekken home now uses nearly 50% less energy. Enhabit made it easy for Ted to improve the efficiency of his home and do what he feels is good for the planet.