HOW IS A RESIDENTIAL ENERGY AUDIT PERFORMED?
A variety of tools are used in different parts of your home to measure whether or not things are airtight and whether your appliances are operating at peak efficiency. Here’s what’s involved in a full home energy audit:
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR INSPECTION
When taking a look at a home’s exterior, our crew members will evaluate the building’s condition and be on the lookout for any safety issues. Inside, they will inspect every part of your home from the crawl space underneath to the smallest areas of the attic. This will determine if there are any sources of dust and debris or need for insulation. They will also test the lighting and various appliances to see if improvements can be made.
CHECK INSULATION LEVELS
Our technicians will perform an inspection of your home’s current insulation levels to determine how effectively it is performing. If the insulation levels are less than recommended, then your ceiling and walls could be losing a significant amount of heat through the ceiling and walls.
BLOWER DOOR TEST
This type of test measures the air-tightness of a home and helps locate leaks and drafts. A high-powered fan is used to suck the air out, which makes it easier to find cracks which let air back inside. Once these areas are identified, they can be sealed to prevent any hot or cold air in your home from escaping and running up your energy bill.
COMBUSTION SAFETY AND GAS LEAK TESTS
Ensuring your home combustion appliances, such as the furnace, boiler and water heater, are running at top efficiency will require combustion safety and gas leak testing. Each pipe and fitting is inspected and measured to make sure everything is sealed properly. Carbon monoxide levels are also measured to ensure safety.
INFRARED THERMAL IMAGING
By using infrared camera technology, our auditors can locate any hot or cold spots in your home. It’s a non-invasive way of finding the source of any leaks or determine which areas need insulation. It provides a clear image of where you might be losing any heat or cooling during the winter and summer months.
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