Why Get An Energy Audit?
Owning a home is an expensive investment. Help keep energy costs low. Have a professional analyze your home for energy efficiency, home health and more. An energy audit can find ways to reduce the cost of keeping your home comfortable. Homeowners will also get tips to make wise choices invest in home energy improvements where it will save the most for the least expense.
While WITC no longer has a Building Performance Technician program, getting an energy audit can be very valuable for homeowners to consider having completed.
What Do Energy Auditors Do?
- Measure dimensions of all parts of your home system (your building is treated as an integrated system)
- Use a thermal imaging camera to measure temperatures of all surfaces to identify areas of poor insulation or leakage from the outside
- Conduct a blower door test which will enable them to determine the total and specific locations where there is infiltration
- Evaluate your heating and cooling systems for efficiency and effectiveness for your home
- Perform other function and safety tests as needed
- Analyze all the data that is gathered, and create a comprehensive report which includes:
- Total energy needs, portioned out for different segments of your home windows, doors, ceiling, walls, etc.
- Prioritizing problem areas that experience the greatest energy losses
- Recommendations with estimated costs for repairs/improvements
Tools of the Trade
- Thermal Imaging Camera measures precise heat at all points identifying where heat is lost from home
- Blower Door tester Pinpoints areas of infiltration and heat loss
- Duct Blaster measures efficacy of the furnace and air handling systems
- Combustion Analyzer evaluates combustion systems for safety and efficiency
- Gas leak detectors
- Other tools to identify indoor air quality and areas where there is potential for excess humidity or mold development
Benefits for Homeowners
- Maximize savings from investments in energy efficiency for the least cost with the greatest improvements in energy efficiency and home comfort
- Help homeowners prioritize improvements to avoid costly expenditures
- Provide advice to avoid making a home too tight which can lead to unhealthy or unsafe (combustion safety or other) homes