Home Energy Assessment 101

energy-auditThe first step on the path to an EnergyFit Home is an EnergyFit Nevada Home Energy Assessment. For many homeowners, this is a somewhat mysterious process. Just what will my home be evaluated for? Can’t I just get new windows and get my rebate?

Once you’ve had your assessment, you will likely be surprised at the wealth of information it provides. Most homeowners even find it to be a pretty fun process. There’s some very cool technology involved (read on), and you’ll learn more about your house than you ever thought you could. For example, did you know that the little cracks and gaps in attics, basements and around windows and doors add up to the equivalent of leaving a large window open year-round in most North American homes? Pretty scary, right?

Here’s a brief rundown of the home energy assessment process to give you a better idea of what it entails:

Visual Inspection

The first step in a thorough home energy assessment is a visual inspection. Your EnergyFit Nevada Partner Contractor will evaluate the exterior and interior of your home for obvious signs of energy waste. Particular attention is paid to the basement and attic — two of the major culprits of energy waste in most homes. Windows and doors will be evaluated, and any major problems like major holes in the building envelope will be noted.

Infrared Thermography

One of the most fun parts of the home energy assessment for most homeowners, the infrared portion uses a super high-tech, military-grade infrared camera to look for signs of energy waste throughout the home, both on the interior and exterior. Since infrared lets you “see” heat, you can see where heat is entering and escaping your home (depending on the season and the climate), where insulation is missing, where air is entering or exiting the home, and where something like a recessed can light may be causing a problem — like dumping too much heat into a room that you’re having trouble keeping cool, for example.

Blower Door Test

The blower door test is another very interesting portion of the home energy assessment. A blower door is a big red canvas apparatus that has a fan in the middle; it gets set up in the primary door to your home, and is hooked up to a computer with energy analysis software. Your energy analyst will use the blower door to depressurize your home, and measure the rate at which air re-enters your home through cracks and gaps in the building envelope as the blower door continues to run. The information the blower door provides is incredibly helpful: it can determine how leaky your home is, it can help you identify otherwise invisible air leaks, and it can give you an estimate of how much energy you could save by air sealing your home.

Combustion Safety Testing

Another critical component of the energy assessment is a combustion safety test. Your home energy analyst will evaluate all of the mechanical components of your home — furnace, boiler, water heater, etc. — to ensure that none presents a safety risk to your family.

For a limited time, we are offering a discounted EnergyFit Nevada home energy assessment through Groupon. Check out the Groupon deal here, or feel free to contact us directly for more information or to sign up for an assessment today!

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