A Home Energy Audit is a great way to identify the areas of your home that are wasting energy and money, so you can start remedying those issues immediately. An energy efficient house is not only better for the environment, but can also save you money in the long run.
Our Home Energy Audits are performed with a “whole home” approach, which consists of a four-step process. We will conduct a comprehensive inspection of your home’s heating and cooling system, air filtration/distribution and the home envelope or “outer shell” (roof, outer walls, ceilings, floors, insulation, windows and doors). The complete walkthrough of your home typically takes 2-4 hours. Once the audit is complete, you will be provided with a list of areas of concern plus simple solutions you can put in place to reduce energy costs.
If you are interested in increasing your home’s energy efficiency and all-around comfort, call Gilman Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today to schedule your Home Energy Audit!
STEP 1. Inspection
Your home energy audit will begin with a detailed checklist and ask you a series of questions to identify any significant areas of concern. Next, they’ll inspect your heating and cooling equipment, water heater, ductwork, insulation levels in the attic and crawl space, possible moisture issues, any breaches in the home’s envelope, gas leaks, proper location of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
STEP 2. Testing
A series of tests using state-of-the-art technology such as thermal imaging camera, blower door system, static pressure gauge, duct blaster, and flow hood. Draft and spillage test in the combustible appliance zone and monitor CO around your furnace and water heater.
STEP 3. Analysis & Recommendations
Using the data collected during the inspection and testing phases, we’ll use software to determine a list of priorities that focus on your home’s safety, comfort and efficiency while achieving the greatest return on your investment. This data will also show you your potential energy savings once you’ve addressed all of the recommendations made as a result of your Home Energy Audit. Next, together we can implement a plan of action that fits your budget and schedule to start completing your recommendations.
STEP 4. Resolution & Results
Once you’ve completed the recommended repairs, we will return to your home for a follow up with post-testing to validate the improvements – ensuring you optimal comfort and lower energy costs in your home for years to come.
What is Home Performance?
Home Performance is a philosophy and a science based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, and efficient. After all, homes — probably the biggest investment most of us will ever make — are one of the few things we purchase that don’t come with an instruction manual. Is a home comfortable? Reasonably energy efficient? Safe and healthy? These are all considerations that a homeowner will either take for granted (we would assume, after all, that the air inside a home wouldn’t be a potential health hazard), or simply neglect.
These are the considerations that a home performance contractor sets out to address, while taking into account the interconnectedness of homes, and the relationships between each of the home’s components. In accord with this holistic approach, a home performance contractor will assess, and then address, any of these potential problems within a home.
What is a Whole House Energy Audit?
Your utility bill may be shocking, but it offers few helpful details: it doesn’t tell you when your energy use peaks, doesn’t explain how best to reduce power consumption, and doesn’t tell you how your home is spending your money.
We think it’s worth finding out. A home energy audit is one of the first steps to understanding your home’s energy usage, as well its overall health and performance. Using a combination of high tech tests and common sense evaluations, a good auditor provides homeowners with a list of energy and money saving steps, explains how and why your house is costing you money, then prioritizes steps to take to knock down those costs over the long haul.