An Energy Audit or Energy Checkup is the best way to understand how your home is working as a system. An energy auditor will collect data and determine the best strategy and highest priority to better your home regarding safety, health, comfort and efficiency.
DIAGNOSTIC BLOWER DOOR TESTING
A diagnostic blower door test measures the amount of air loss in your home. This test provides data that is used by utility groups and local programs that offer incentives. A BPI (Building Performance Institute) building analyst (BA) usually provides this test for existing homes.
Thermography measures surface temperatures by using infrared video and still cameras. These tools see light that is in the heat spectrum. Images on the video or film record the temperature variations of the building's skin, ranging from white for warm regions to black for cooler areas. The resulting images help the auditor determine whether insulation is needed. They also serve as a quality control tool, to ensure that insulation has been installed correctly.
Air Sealing...what is it? The invisible thief that steals your heating or cooling from your house. This service has been a secret from the contracting world and today is becoming known as the least expensive, most effective energy upgrade you can do. (See Energy Auditor to understand the steps to find air loss)
AIR SEALING AND INSULATION
If you're thinking about insulation and you don't inspect and provide air sealing first, the "effective R-Value" changes dramatically. Think about the envelope of shell of you home. The average home will have over 5 square feet of "holes", from electric outlets to fireplaces and basement rim joists. Imagine leaving a window open in your home throughout the coldest winters and the hottest summers. Let one of our professionals find and remedy this problem for you and your family.
Insulation can vary in many products. An insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. The R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness, and its density. When calculating the R-value of a multilayered installation, add the R-values of the individual layers. Installing more insulation in your home increases the R-value and the resistance to heat flow. Request an energy assessment to determine how much insulation you need for your home.
Insulation materials run the gamut from fiber materials such as fiberglass, cellulose, rock and slag wool and natural fibers to rigid foam boards to sleek foils. Bulky materials resist conductive and -- to a lesser degree -- convective heat flow in a building cavity. Rigid foam boards trap air or another gas to resist conductive heat flow.
If you're looking for other home improvements besides energy upgrades, we also provide many services such as interior painting and drywall, to new window and door installation. With 20+ years of experience and our knowledgeable work staff, we can solve those little or large projects you want done...all from one group.
INSTALLING INTERIOR UPGRADES
In your busy schedule, why not have us complete those interior projects such as new painting and trim or a new bathroom floor. We can handle the energy needs and the upgrades you've been meaning to finish...all in one.
INSTALLING EXTERIOR UPGRADES
Have you been thinking about a new deck or upgrading a fence? Let us give you some new ideas on how to upgrade those outside projects you need done.