Home Energy Audits
Increase Comfort and Save Energy with a Comprehensive Home Energy Audit
Imagine you have an upset stomach, how do you know what caused this symptom? It could be indigestion, heartburn, the flu, or something else. You won’t know unless you get tests done to diagnose the problem. Your home is the same: uncomfortable rooms, high utility bills, moisture problems and poor indoor air quality are some symptoms of home performance issues, but until comprehensive testing is done, we can only speculate why the home is not performing correctly. That’s where a Home Energy Audit comes in!
Benefits of a Home Energy Audit
Knowledge is power. A Home Energy Audit gives you the knowledge you need to understand your home’s current performance. By understanding your home as a system, you will be empowered to make smart choices that address specific concerns you have. You will also receive:
- Customized color report detailing audit results
- Prioritized list of opportunities to improve home’s performance
- Tips to improve indoor air quality
- Utility savings modeling on home
- Detailed breakdown of available incentives and rebates
GreenHomes Home Assessment Process
Washington Energy Services is a certified partner of GreenHomes America. What that means to you is you have a world class team of building scientists, BPI Certified audit technicians and seasoned operational managers working for you! In fact, Dave Abery, our BPI in-house trainer was part of a team that retrofitted the Statue of Liberty saving the feds over 100K per year in energy costs!
The GreenHomes America Comprehensive Home Assessment is designed to pinpoint sources of high energy consumption along with health and comfort concerns such as air leaks, insufficient insulation, moisture problems, defective ducts, gas leaks, ventilation and inefficient lighting and appliances.
The assessment typical takes 3 hours to complete. After the testing is done, your auditor will create the report and work with one of our home energy specialist to design improvement recommendations that will make your home more comfortable, healthy and efficient. Finally the Home Energy Specialist will come back to your home to explain the results of the audit and any recommendations so you have a full understanding of where your home is at.
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Frequently Asked Home Energy Audit Questions
What happens during a home energy audit?
You know your home best and we want to start by understanding what your concerns are. That way we can pay special attention to any problem areas or discomfort you experience in the home.
Video Attic and Crawlspace Inspection
Want to see what’s going on in your attic but don’t want to run around the rafters? Well our home energy auditors have video cameras on so you can see the action live! We will look for sources of air loss, measure current insulation levels, examine vapor barrier, examine ductwork, establish the proper pressure/thermal boundary and note any other issues that may be affecting your homes performance.
Combustion Safety Testing
Did you know that by turning on the kitchen fan your water heater might backdraft? Combustion safety is a critical component of a HEA. If you have combustion equipment in the home our auditors will check the CO levels, efficiency, drafting and look for gas leaks. We find a combustion safety problem on approximately a quarter on the homes we test.
Infrared Scan of Home
Our auditors have thermal imaging cameras that help you understand where there is inefficiencies in the home. The cameras work great all year around and you will be amazed at what it will reveal.
Blower Door Test
The blower door test is like a 20 MPH wind hitting the home in all directions at once. This allows us to see where air is coming into the home and how much air is leaving the home through penetrations that go outside. You will feel all of the places that the air you pay to put into the home is going.
What is home performance?
Home Performance is an emerging field that looks at existing homes in a completely new way. Instead of insulating each component of the home, home performance looks at the home as a system. By looking at the home as a system we can understand why certain things are happening and how they can be fixed. You wouldn’t buy a hybrid car with a gas leak right? Well it really doesn’t make sense to upgrade to a high efficiency furnace if that efficient air just leaves the home through air leaks. It makes sense to first seal, then replace the furnace. By using home performance practices our team will be able to ensure that you can choose the improvements that will help your home perform better as a system.
What tests are conducted during a home energy audit?
Utility Bill Analysis Determine usage patterns and look for ways to reduce looking at your electric and gas (or oil or propane) consumption.
Blower Door Test Measure and locate all the sources of air leaks in your home.
Infrared Scan Identify hidden defects including insulation gaps, air leakage, duct leakage, and moisture issues.
Visual Inspection Find evidence of problems affecting the durability of your house.
Insulation Inspection Determine insulation levels in various areas of your home’s shell.
Attic Inspection Identify evidence of maintenance problems, verify insulation, check for moisture damage to roof from attic side.Furnace, Boiler, Air Conditioner, Heat Pump, and Hot Water Equipment Inspection
Examine the overall condition of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. In most homes, the assessment procedure should take about two hours and create minimal disruption to your regular household routine. A comprehensive assessment should also include a full “test out” conducted after all the improvements are installed. This will ensure the best results and ensure the safety of your home.
And Much More
What will be included in the energy audit report?
In your report will be a customized list of things that you could do to create greater comfort and energy savings. This is based specifically on your house. The test interpretation and suggestions may generate questions, and you’ll likely have several different approaches you can take. Some will be things you can do yourself, and others things you will want us, or another contractor, to perfom.
We can associate an energy savings with these so you will understand the cost – value relationship. While there is no obligation to use our services for your energy upgrades, having the audit with us will provide you with continuity in the project. We will also re-test after we do any upgrades to show you that, for example, changes in air leakage that you expected have been accomplished. In addition, your audit fee is reimbursable if you make a purchase of $4000 or more.