Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Stop throwing money away! Schedule an energy assessment.

If you knew how much energy your home was actually using, would you make the necessary improvements so you could be comfortable and save money year round? If so, an energy assessment is your first step to a more efficient home.

An energy assessment determines how and where your home, business, or commercial space loses the majority of its conditioned air (the air you pay to heat or cool.) This process will provide you with a written report that prioritizes the efficiency improvements possible for your home.  It also determines how much insulation and air sealing can safely be done to your building using the existing water heater and furnace.

An assessor doesn’t just look at insulation, they'll review the entire building as a whole system, provide safety testing on your HVAC units and domestic water heaters, check for gas leaks, and assign an airflow number to your home. This number can then be compared to a second number taken after the work is performed in order to help determine the overall improvement achieved.

The following is a summary* of what to expect during an energy assessment:
  • First, our certified building diagnostic analyst will examine the outside of your home to take measurements and note structural features (i.e., wall area, number and size of windows), and to check for leakage of your conditioned air, possible drainage issues, and gas leaks. This information will help them identify energy efficiency improvements to include in your report.
  • The next step is a walk through allowing the analyst to examine the inside of your home thoroughly in order to properly proceed with the safety testing part of the assessment. 
  • Next is the safety testing where our analyst will spend about 45 minutes near the furnace and domestic water heater area performing safety and combustion efficiency tests. They will also check the duct work, crawl spaces and other areas of concern. 
  • Following the safety test, our analyst will walk through the home together, identifying areas that will benefit from improvements. They will need access to any crawlspaces and attic areas at that time. 
  • A blower door test will be performed during which you and your consultant will complete another walk-through of the home where you can observe first-hand the specific areas where conditioned air is escaping.
About four to five working days after the test, you will receive a BPI Certified Home Performance Assessment Report. This report will include a prioritized list of the efficiency improvements that can be made to your home, the results of the safety testing, and a gallery of infrared pictures showing areas of opportunity. This assessment will be a list of individual recommendations as the audit is designed to empower you, the building owner, with options to improve the efficiency of your home. Our team can help complete the recommendations, or you can do this on your own.

That's it! Have questions? Please contact us and we can help!

*for full details, please contact our office.

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