Take the next step and request an energy home assessment/audit from one of our certified BPI Building Performance Auditors to get the most accurate information on how to optimize your home’s energy efficiency and safety.
You may be wondering why you need a professional to assess your home when you have read various articles on how to do it yourself. Well, let’s just answer some questions first, and then we will see if you still want to assess your home yourself.
Q) Who can request an energy assessment/audit?
A) Anyone is welcome to request this service. Whether you are a renter, home or business owner, everyone can benefit from an assessment/audit.
Q) What is an energy audit comprised of?
A) A carefully executed four step in-house process is preceded by an informational meeting with you, the client, and succeeded by a detailed report created by our auditor. Through this process, our auditor will identify problem areas in your home in order to increase your home’s efficiency.
4 Step Process
1. Visual inspection
· Main goal: identify safety/structural issues in both the exterior and interior
2. Combustion Safety:
· Main goal: inspection of furnace, water heater, oven, other combustible appliances to find CO spillage problems
· Combustion Appliance Zone Test-->detect dangerous by-products of combustion that are not properly vented
· Combustible Appliance Draft and Spillage Test->identify if there is a carbon monoxide venting problem, if there is a CO spillage problem
Combustion Gas Analysis-->identify if the fuel supply is properly converting into usable heat
3. Air Infiltration (Blower Door) Test
· Main goal: identify how unconditioned air is entering your home and pinpoint problem areas through air measurements and calculations
· Blower Door Testà calibrated fan and manometer tracks air flow and building pressures.
4. Duct Leakage Test
· Main goal: pinpoint root sources of high energy consumption, health and comfort issues (such as: air leaks, insufficient insulation, moisture, defective ducts, gas leaks, ventilation, inefficient lighting and appliances).
· Duct tester and calibrated monometerà after sealing off all registers, this tester blows air into grill and records leaks
Q) How long will an energy audit take?
A) About two to three hours
Q) Do I have to stay home during the audit?
A) You do not have to stay for the entire duration of the audit, but we do recommend that you be present for a portion of it, as it may be a good time to get information from the auditor.
Q) What happens when the audit is over?
A) You will receive a detailed report on the auditor’s findings along with applicable and useful suggestions on how to optimize your house’s efficiency and advise you on the next steps to take.
Q) How much does an audit cost?
A) This investment depends on the size of your home or business. Therefore we welcome you to contact our office to get your personalized quote.
Still want to do this yourself? Go ahead and use our "contact us" form (/contact-sheet.html) to request a phone consultation, leave a post here, or call our office for more information!
The Talbott Team