As we head into winter still faced with high energy prices—higher than last year—you’ll probably hear a lot about home energy audits. Energy audits can give you useful information, but only if they’re done by a skilled technician with the proper training and equipment.
But what does a good energy audit involve? The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that a professional audit should look at the house outside and in, room by room. The auditor should use at least a blower door and an infrared camera to find and measure deficiencies. These tools can find air leaks; gaps in, missing, or poorly installed insulation; problems with duct work and around windows; and other problems. The audit should include an inspection of combustion equipment like furnaces and water heaters, and testing to ensure that they are operating safely and efficiently. Auditors should be trained in all home energy-related services (heating and air conditioning, lighting, insulation, ducts, ventilation, and more) and understand the principles of building science, the dynamics of air flow, and how household equipment and appliances interact with each other and with your home’s construction.
To find someone who can thoroughly inspect, test, safety-check, and evaluate all the components of your home, at a minimum look for auditors who are certified and accredited by the Building Performance Institute.
It’s the same with contractors and improvements to your home. You shouldn’t let a contractor work on your house until they conduct a thorough inspection. When you call GreenHomes, a highly-trained certified advisor shows up, armed with the latest home performance technology and diagnostic tools, including a blower door, infrared camera, combustion analyzers, and more. The Advisor will conduct a comprehensive home comfort and energy assessment and analyze the data collected to determine the existing condition and the best path to improvement and savings.