Who Knows Your Home Best? Home Performance Contractors or General Contractors?

When the seasons start to change people start to adapt to a new set of temperatures and weather patterns. Here in New Jersey that includes temperatures rising into the nineties and the potential for summer thunderstorms flashing across the sky. With this change in our outside environment comes a need, as homeowners, to reflect on if the different pieces of our home are all working properly.

It could be something simple, like a broken window, or maybe you’ve noticed something broader. For example, what if the second floor of your house is trapping humidity or seems noticeably hotter than the first floor? As you ponder who to call to help you get a little relief from the heat, you and your home would benefit from knowing the difference between a general contractor (GC) and a home performance contractor (HPC).

A Simple Fix or a Comprehensive Solution?

When a general contractor is called, they will often hire other subcontractors to work on isolated issues or upgrades as you present them. This could be the installation of new kitchen tiles, or perhaps, getting a new set of light fixtures put up. While well-intentioned in fixing smaller problems as presented, a GC may lack accredited training and a quantitative understanding of home-health indicators such as energy efficiency. Most importantly, a general contractor doesn’t take a “whole-house” mentality to homecare.

A home performance contractor specializes in looking at your house as one comprehensive unit, understanding how different aspects of your home may impact each other. The HPC drills deeper, considering aspects such as comfort, health and safety, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.

Consider the example discussed above, where temperatures differ between floors. A GC may suggest the installation of an AC unit on the upper floor. Yet the team of home performance contractors here at Allied Experts would take their “house-as-a-system” approach to hand and see what the problem is a little bit trickier than that.

In this case, a home performance contractor may conduct a blower door test to measure air tightness, finding that leaks in the attic are letting the hot and muggy air in. Because an HPC comes equipped with a solid understanding of building science, he or she will then be able to air seal and add insulation to the problem area.

Allied: The NJ Home Performance Contractors You Can Trust

At Allied, we pride ourselves on our status as certified home performance contractors, able to tackle the challenges to home energy efficiency, health, and comfort that go a cut above. As GoldStar members of the Building Performance Institute, we can help you improve your home for the long-term with a comprehensive solution.

Allied is the Leading

Home Performance With Enery Star

Contractor in the country

Schedule an appointment

In the U.S., 50% of all Heating and Cooling systems installed are sized incorrectly.

Cta Workers

Join the allied newsletter

Sign up to stay updated on exclusive offers and information specifically for our newsletter recipients

We only email you with our best offers, no spam ever.

Discover More HVAC Tips

6 Benefits of Using a Whole Home Humidifier

During the cold winter months in New Jersey, the air in your home can become extremely dry. When your heating system is running, the moisture level in your home…

The Dangers of Using an Old Furnace: Everything You Need to Know

Today’s HVAC furnaces are a true technological marvel. They’re sturdy, simple to operate, and considerably safer and more efficient than most older models. With a quality furnace, your HVAC…

4 Types of Duct Insulation for Your Home

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of air ducts in any HVAC system. The health of your family, indoor air quality, and the lifespan of your HVAC system depend…

Cta Workers


Contact us online to
schedule your service today!

Please fill out this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Cta Workers