What is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is a detailed review of your home and how each system in your home contributes to the overall energy usage. These systems include the heating and air equipment, ductwork, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, water heaters, plumbing fixtures, lighting, appliances, insulation levels, and more.
We interview the client to determine what safety, comfort, and efficiency issues they know exist and to get a little more information about the home.
Testing and Inspection
We test your home’s air leakage with a “blower door” and test your HVAC ducts air leakage with a “duct blaster.” The blower door and duct blaster measure the volume of air that is being leaked into or out of each system and allow us to determine if air sealing work would be cost effective for your home. We also inspect combustion equipment such as furnaces and gas water heaters for safety and efficiency issues. This step also includes a visual inspection of each of the home's systems.
Recommendations for Improvements
From the results of the tests, we will be able to tell you how much the inefficiencies are costing you, provide a solution to correct the problem, provide estimated savings by making the improvements, and provide an estimate to make the recommended improvements. This will all be included in a report that will be provided after the energy audit is complete.
Making the improvements
If you decide to make some of the improvements, we would like to be part of that process as well. We have found that it is much more efficient if the person that diagnoses the problems also helps to correct them. After improvements have been implemented, we will perform testing to verify proper installation and safety of the home.