YOUR HOUSE IS A SYSTEM
Reduce annual utility bills by as much as 20% or more, according to the U.S. Department of Energy!
Your car is made up of interacting components, and when one component fails, it affects the performance of the whole vehicle. The same goes for your house!
The components of your house—insulation, HVAC systems, the thermal envelope, appliances and lighting—all contribute to the comfort, health, safety, and energy efficiency of your home. If one system has a problem, it impacts the other systems’ ability to function properly. Treating the obvious symptom without knowing the real culprit can make the problem worse, or even create new problems. Rather than focusing on a single problem like leaky windows, the house-as-a-system approach looks at improving your home to deliver the most cost effective results.
THE ENERGY AUDIT
Energy audits help you understand how much energy your home is using … and how much it’s wasting. Using a variety of diagnostic tools, an auditor will identify problem areas that effect the home’s overall comfort, indoor air quality, and safety. They’ll prioritize repairs in order from necessary to optional, and fit your budget.
Many people think that the windows of their home are causing uncomfortable drafts, or cold/hot rooms that can’t maintain temperature. But windows aren’t always to blame. Energy auditors use diagnostic equipment to find cracks and gaps around windows and doors, electrical outlets, recessed lights, air duct systems, attics, and basements/foundations. By sealing these gaps and installing insulation properly, you can reduce drafts and cut down on significant air leakage without replacing windows or doors.
Poor ventilation and/or moisture in the home can lead to dust mites, mold, and allergens, which cause a variety of respiratory health problems. Air sealing cracks and gaps in the building envelope and ventilating your home properly will help circulate clean, fresh air and reduce dust and moisture in the home, resulting in lower humidity and occurrences of mold and other dangerous allergens.
Installing ENERGY STAR rated appliances and lighting can significantly increase the energy efficiency of your home, resulting in savings on your utility bill. And air sealing and insulating your home means your ENERGY STAR furnace or air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your home, cutting your utility bills even more. The house-as-a-system approach reduces homeowner annual utility bills by as much as 20% or more, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Blower Door Test – One of the biggest problems with many homes is air leakage. A Blower Door Test uses precision fan technology to create negative pressure, sucking the air out of your home. Using a harmless device called a smoke pencil, our experts can determine exactly where your home is leaking air and make recommendations to seal it up tight. In some cases, houses are actually too tight, which puts extra strain on heating, cooling, and humidification systems. Don’t worry, we can provide solutions for that, too!
Infrared Thermal Imagery – Our experts can scan the rooms in your home and determine its strengths and weaknesses. Weak points often include duct work, windows, doors, lack of or deteriorated insulation, recessed lighting, and more. Using this precise technology, we can help guide you through the process of making cost-effective home performance improvements.
HVAC Performance & Safety – Your Home Performance Analysis accounts for the specific HVAC equipment installed in your home (heating, cooling, indoor air quality, humidification, etc.), and allows us to determine how you can optimize your environment for health, safety, efficiency, and comfort. Your analysis may include infiltration/exfiltration analysis, negative and positive pressure testing, depressurization testing, backdrafting tests, tests for unsafe levels of airborne chemicals (gas leaks, Carbon Monoxide, etc.), and the testing of airflows and pressures on air handlers, furnaces, and air conditioners.