What a Home Energy Audit Covers

The purpose of a Home Energy Audit is to determine the general condition of the home with respect to energy performance and the homeowner's potential willingness to improve the home's energy performance and comfort.  It includes the use of state of the art, diagnostic equipment such as a Blower Door and Duct Leakage Tester, all of which aid in determining where the home's energy deficiencies are. 

The following is what you can expect from Home Efficiency Solutions when an Energy Audit is conducted on your home: 

  • Interview with the homeowner to hear concerns about the home (comfort, health, etc.)
  • Measuring of house dimensions to accurately determine the square footage
  • Type of house framework (i.e. wood frame, cinder block, etc.)
  • Type of windows (i.e. glazing type and frame materials) and sizes
  • Type and sizes of doors
  • Type, model and location of heating/cooling system
  • Type, model and location of water heater
  • Type of ductwork, location & R-value of duct insulation and any indications of previous duct sealing
  • Type of foundation (i.e. crawl space, basement or slab)
  • R-values of wall, ceiling and floor insulation
  • Estimated age and efficiency of major appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers
  • Visual indications of condensation and/or moisture intrusion
  • Presence and location of exhaust fans and determination of whether they are vented to the outdoors
  • Blower door test to determine overall house air infiltration
  • Thermal imaging inspection of entire living area
  • Inspection for combustible gas leaks, if applicable)
  • Zonal pressure test to determine which areas of the house are the leakiest
  • Duct pressure test (if applicable) to determine overall air leakage of forced-air system
  • All of this is usually done within a 4-6 hour time frame, depending on the size of the home.
  • Following the diagnostic and visual audit, the data collected is entered into analysis software to produce your complete Home Performance Energy Audit Report.

We provide a follow-up Blower Door & Duct Leakage test at minimal cost for
all of our clients who have taken steps to improve their home's energy efficiency.