What Is A Home Energy Audit?

Houses are composed of many different systems that interact with each other to use energy to keep you warm or cool. You do not always need to replace old windows or the HVAC system to keep warm- actually, they are very low on the priority list! This is why we do home energy audits. This will help you identify which energy efficient improvements can reduce the energy bills in the most cost-effective manner, while increasing comfort within your home.

When conducting an energy audit, our trained auditors will thoroughly explore your entire home. We will then discuss the improvements you could make to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Benefits Of A Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit will allow you to identify the following:

  • Moisture and humidity problems
  • Areas where you can eliminate unhealthy living conditions
  • Improvements that will make your home more comfortable
  • How to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
  • Ways to reduce costs on utility bills

Who Performs The Audit

We have a nationally certified residential energy audit team. When you obtain our services, one of our auditors will thoroughly examine and perform tests on your home to determine areas that need attention. Once they complete your analysis, they will go over an extensive report with you that contains solutions for problem areas found during the testing process.

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Blower Door Testing

This type of test allows us to find air leaks in your home. Leaks mean that the air you paid to heat and cool are being lost to the outside. They also allow outdoor air, moisture, dust, and pests to come inside your house.

When we do this test, we use a fan system to suck all of the air out of the house. This allows us to see where air is coming back into the structure. By knowing where to correct air infiltration, you can greatly decrease your home’s energy use, while eliminating the drafts, dry air, and humidity that cause many comfort problems. This also gives you better air quality and lessens pollen and other allergens.

Thermology Testing

To do this, we use an infrared camera to determine energy efficiency during one of our energy audits. This tool scans the inside of your home in infrared, allowing us to see areas of weakness. Such areas might include insulation, ducts, windows and doors. This is a highly beneficial way to determine areas that can be improved without having to tear down the walls or ceilings to find out what’s going on.

Combustion Analysis And Safety Testing

Sometimes we will do what we call a Worst-Case Depressurization Test. This is what we do to determine whether your family is safe from hidden dangers such as carbon monoxide, combustion emissions, and fire hazards.

Sometimes people have hidden leaks in their home’s natural gas lines. We can easily detect such leaks and make note of corrections that need to be made. Our specialists can also analyze CO and CO2 emissions and the potential for gas spillage within your furnace, hot water heater, oven, and boiler.

Other Services We Provide

When we finish your energy efficiency audit, we will provide you with a report that contains a list of improvements that we suggest you make to your home. Some improvements might consist of do-it-yourself projects in which we can provide instruction, while others may include services that we provide.

We provide services such as air-sealing, insulation and weatherization. Once we make the suggested improvements, we will gladly do the blower door test again so you can see the benefits. We guarantee that all improvements will increase health and comfort within your home!

Energy Efficiency Examples

The first image shows how insulation has blown back from the edges of the attic. This is called wind-washing. This can be prevented by using soffit baffles for a minimal cost when the initial insulation is first installed. We can correct this sort of insulation problem.

One good item to notice is that the top plate for the exterior wall was air-sealed. If it wasn’t, you would see cold air washing down the walls.