See a detailed description of each below this list…
- Energy Audits
- Air Sealing
- Blower Door Testing
- Infrared Camera Scans
- CAZ Testing
An energy audit is the best way for you to get the most out of the money you plan to spend on improvements. The audit will help generate a list of priorities of which improvements to do first based on the biggest bang for your buck.
An energy audit takes from 2-4 hours and will assess the current state of your home. We look at energy bill history, current levels of insulation throughout the home, how bad the air leaks are in your home, age and efficiencies of your furnace, water heater and other appliances. We even test to make sure that the exhaust from your furnace and water heater are leaving the home instead of entering your home and causing potential health problems.
We install insulation anywhere you need it. Attic, walls, basement walls, crawlspace walls, overhangs, etc. We install cellulose, fiberglass products.
Air sealing is a process where we seal leaks in your home that let air in our out of your home. This is as important, and possibly more important than insulation. When our homes are constructed there are gaps and holes between building components. We need to seal those holes and gaps so that we don’t lose the air that we’ve spent so much to heat or cool.
Air sealing is typically done where you won’t even see it, but you typically feel the results dramatically.
When we air seal a house as tight as we can get it we will reduce the natural ventilation in the home. As a result, odors and stale air can linger in the home longer. The answer to this is to add ventilation fans in areas where the odors are generated like bathrooms and kitchens. We like to plan in advance for ventilation and install adequate, super quiet, super energy efficient fans before adding insulation. If you have existing bath fans it’s a good time to change them out for more efficient, much more quiet fans.
You might ask: If you’re going to add vent fans to blow air out of my home why do you do air sealing in the first place. The answer is it’s much more cost effective to do it this way.
Blower door testing
Blower door testing is where we open one of your exterior doors and put a metal frame in the opening that has a big fan in the middle of the frame. With this fan, we can measure very accurately how much your home leaks. At the same time, we also determine where the leaks are located. The knowledge gained from this test allows us to prioritize our air sealing efforts, and it can help us not seal your home too tightly.
Infrared Camera Scans
Infrared cameras are cameras that see surface temperatures instead of light like a regular camera. These cameras help us ‘see’ where insulation is missing, where heat is escaping or entering or leaving your home, where air leaks are when used in conjunction with a blower door. Infrared cameras are used during an energy audit and sometimes during air sealing work.
CAZ (Combustion Appliance Zone) testing is all about health and safety. We want to make sure that before and after sealing air leaks exhaust from furnaces, water heaters and other appliances that have fire in them leaves the home instead of getting into your home. The exhaust from these appliances has carbon monoxide (CO) in them. Breathing high levels of CO can cause sickness and sometimes death.