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Energy Efficiency Solutions In Greenville: The Energy Audit!

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 @ 03:40 PM

Energy Audits For Your Home Done By A Professional With The Right Equipment.

Greenville homeowners are always looking for the RIGHT energy efficiency tips. Even though you may not be very familiar with energy audits, we think you'll find this information very beneficial. At H&H Plumbing & Heating, providing the latest information to homeowners is high on our priority list whether we provide the service or not.

A home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An audit will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. During the audit, you can pinpoint where your house is losing energy. Audits also determine the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems. An audit may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity. Like we've been discussing, you can perform a simple energy audit yourself, or have a professional energy auditor carry out a more thorough audit.
A professional auditor uses a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the home or building; and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.

Blower DoorA blower door test of an existing home provides an overall measurement of air infiltration.Dr. Busby says, on existing homes a large fan(blower door test) that depressurizes(sucks the air out) the home. Once depressurized, air leaks are detected by air flowing into the home problem areas. You can take a reading to see how leaky it is. The next task is to attend to those spots we've mentioned which are then solved by caulking and insulation. The test can't pinpoint specific problem areas in need of repair because you can't see the exterior walls behind the finished walls. The professionals experience is invaluable when diagnosis existing home areas of air infiltration, air leakage, etc.

Infrared thermal imaging provides important information relating to otherwise inaccessible areas of a residential building. As you will see in the video below, it exposes all the defects where you are losing heat in the winter or letting in heat in during the summer. Like using 'X-Ray Vision' to see where heat is lost. It doesn’t lie!! No more guess work! Trial and error methods can get expensive.
That way you can get specific on the solutions for your home.

An infrared camera detects extremely small but crucial differences in temperature from one area of a house to another. These temperature variations show up on the camera’s view screen as “cold” or “hot” spots, which reveal hidden problems that often cannot be detected in the course of a traditional visual inspection.

These problems may include:

  • Heat/energy loss.
  • Missing insulation.
  • Roof and ceiling leaks.
  • Faulty wiring, breakers and fuses.
  • Hidden moisture intrusion.
  • The moisture sources of mold.
  • Pipe and duct work leaks.

Why Perform Infrared Home Inspections?
Combined with traditional home inspection techniques, the infrared inspection method reveals substantially more of the house than can be perceived by the naked eye and conventional inspection tools. Many things can't be seen with only a flashlight.

In general, the costs of and energy audit range from $300 - $700 based on square footage.

Here's a question for every homeowner looking to save money on their utility bill,
should you focus on:
A. CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10% or,
B. ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 20-45%
We think the answer is B.
Keep in mind, if you aren't doing proper maintenance on your HVAC system you don't get the full benefit of the things we discussed here.

Enjoy better comfort, save money now and hedge yourself against future energy prices. A lot of building science experts will tell you there's a 100's of ways to do it wrong but only a few ways to do it right!

A Place To Begin: Take Our Online Comfort Evaluation. CLICK HERE.

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