Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | October 17, 2012

The Importance of a Home Energy Assessment

Getting a home energy assessment is the first step towards reducing your monthly gas and electric bill.  We assess and model it looking at all of your major systems.  Tests are run to determine how well those systems work with the other parts of the house, how safe and efficient your gas burning heating and cooking systems are, how much of the air that is heated or cooled is getting to your rooms, how much is leaking to the outside and how efficient your lighting system is.

Combustion Safety Testing
The safety you and your family, as well as our field technicians while in your home is important to us.  Field technicians wear personal carbon monoxide alarm which will automatically activate if there are harmful levels of carbon monoxide present in the home. We’ll also run a number of diagnostic tests aimed at answering questions such as: How safe are you and your family when your natural gas-burning appliances (water heater, furnace, and cooking stove) are being used?  Are there leaking natural gas lines?  Are the appliances not burning efficiently and therefore releasing harmful levels of carbon monoxide gas?  Are these appliances getting the amount of air that they need in order to operate properly?

Air Leakage Testing
You pay for the energy used to heat or cool the air in your home.  Allowing that heated or cooled air to escape is like throwing your money away.  We all know not to leave a window or door open when running the air conditioner or furnace because it is like trying to heat or cool the entire outdoors.  It’s an impossible task.  But that’s exactly what we’re doing when we have a house that leaks.  Sealing a house for air tightness is an important step in improving the energy efficiency of your home.

Attic and Insulation Inspection
We will go into the attic or crawlspace to inspect your insulation.  We look for insulation that is not properly installed, has gaps, has dark areas indicating air movement (leakage), evidence of “critters” nesting in the attic, and evidence of water damage in the attic.  The amount of insulation is important, but just as important is the quality of the installation.  We will identify opportunities for cost-effective upgrades if needed. And of course, if located in attic or crawlspace, we’ll inspect the furnace system and duct work.

Appliance Efficiency and Light Bulb Options
During the assessment will look at the major electricity consuming appliances in your kitchen – refrigerator, dishwasher – to see if they have the ENERGY STAR® logo.  If they do not, we will include a recommendation to upgrade the appliance in the final report.  Upgrading older appliances to more efficient ones can result in energy cost savings.

Energy Usage Model and Final Report
From all of the data collected during the assessment we will build a computer model that simulates energy use within the home in its current state.   We will then prepare a report that speaks to the significant findings of the assessment, provides pictures of representative examples of energy wasting elements within the home, and make recommendations as to the most cost–effective measures to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money. $$$

~ Frank Safranek
HERS Energy Compliance Rater
BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional
BPI Multi-Family Building Analyst

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