Step 1: Blower Door Test
This is a depressurization test that creates a vacuum inside your home. It depressurizes the building envelope pulling any air through any problems areas allowing you to feel exactly where your house is losing energy. As you walk through your home with the energy consultant you'll be able to feel the air coming through the leaky window and door moldings, leaky wall outlets, recessed lights, fireplaces, attic accesses and rim joists.
"Air leakage is the major cause for energy waste in homes across the United States." - McKinsey Global Institute
Step 2: Thermal Imaging Analysis*
With an infrared camera we can literally see through the walls inside your home. This allows us to determine your home's insulation levels and the air flow throughout the home so you can see with your own eyes where your home is losing energy.
Step 3: Duct Leakage Inspection
Ducts that weren't installed properly or may have been damaged over the years are a major cause of energy loss for homeowners throughout the United States. Our energy consultants use state of the art equipment to test the ducts in your house and determine exactly how much energy and money you're losing due to the leaky ductwork.
"The average home wastes 25% of its energy consumption through leaky ducts." - BuildingScience.com
Step 4: Health & Safety / Indoor Air Quality Analysis
Each one of our energy auditors run tests on all of your home's combustion units and inspect all of the ventilation to ensure there are no health and safety issues with combustion appliances, ventilation for dryers, bathroom fans, etc. This allows us to see if all equipment is running at its optimum efficiency. This also allows us to determine if any appliances are releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Inadequate ventilation can also lead to allergens or mold spores in your home.
Step 5: Mold & Moisture Evaluation
Moisture build up is a common problem with homes throughout the United States. The moisture not only causes problems with energy consumption, but it can also cause health and safety problems for homeowners. Our auditors use the infrared camera to test every crevice throughout the home to determine if there are any moisture or mold problems due to inefficient ventilation or improper insulation installation.
Step 6: Window & Door Inspection
An auditor will inspect all the windows throughout your home including windows in the basement, checking for drafts, leaks, and improper mechanical condition. The auditor will determine if it is necessary and cost effective to upgrade your windows to energy efficient windows.
Step 7: Solutions Presentation
After the audit is complete, our certified energy auditor will compile all the data from your audit and customize various simple solutions for your house. All of our solutions are guaranteed to reduce your energy bills by up to 40% and have a payback period of approximately 3 years. The audit report will be printed and presented to you on a later date scheduled after the audit.