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Assessing Your Needs

Home performance is a science-based approach to assessing your home as a system to make strategic upgrades that improve building comfort, energy efficiency, and health. Improving your home’s performance offers both short- and long-term benefits. An efficient home is more comfortable, warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and is healthier, by reducing the amount of dirty air that enters your home through cracks in the crawlspace and attic. According to ENERGY STAR, improving your home’s performance provides an almost immediate return with as much as 20% savings on energy costs. Over time, that 20% adds up to big money savings. Reducing your energy usage not only helps your wallet but helps the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and your carbon footprint. Added comfort, money saved, and reduced environmental impact combine to make improving your home’s performance a wise investment.

Your Home as a System

At Energy Reduction Specialists of NC, we assess your home by how it performs as a whole rather than each individual piece. All parts of a building—heating and cooling, insulation, crawlspaces and basements, attics, and appliances—interact and work together in a complex system, much like the human body, and our home performance specialists are the doctors for your home. We check every part of the home, just as a doctor checks all your vital signs, before giving a final diagnosis. As the saying goes in the medical field, “prescription without diagnosis is malpractice,” and we apply that same principle to assessing your home. We must take all your home’s vital signs to diagnose the problem areas, so we can prescribe the best solution for improving your home.

Energy Audit: The First Step to an Efficient Home

Energy Reduction Specialists of NC begin the process of diagnosing and improving your home with a comprehensive energy assessment, also called an energy audit.  From roofline to crawlspace, the energy assessment helps us to mainly identify points of air leakage, as well as other problems like missing insulation, water damage, and poor indoor air quality, so we can pinpoint the biggest problem areas in your home. Many homeowners don’t realize all the tiny gaps and holes around windows, doors, chimneys, plumbing and electrical fixtures, and many others add up to air leakage that is equivalent to leaving a window open 24/7!

We use several tools during an energy audit to quantify and identify specific problems your home is experiencing. One of our key tools is the blower door, which quantifies the average amount of air leakage your home is experiencing. We also use the blower door upon completion of making improvements on your home to ensure our work improved your home’s efficiency. Another key tool is infrared thermal imaging, which shows hot and cold points in your home. This allows us to pinpoint the exact location that air is leaking and improve your home in the best way possible. Other tools we may use during an energy audit are a pressure pan to test the effectiveness of your exhaust fans, and a gas sniffer and carbon monoxide detector to ensure your home is healthy and safe. All these tools in combination with our expertise of building science and years of experience fixing homes allow us to improve your home’s efficiency and comfort in the best way possible.

Helping You Make Smart Home Energy Upgrades

Once the energy assessment is complete and our specialist has inspected the home for problem areas, we will provide you with a comprehensive report that identifies your problem areas and our recommended scope of work, as well as the costs of improvements. Energy Reduction Specialists of NC will help you to prioritize and complete the work to improve your home’s efficiency and comfort and save you money!

 

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