Having a Home Energy Assessment can be a great way to learn about your home. Think of it like a checkup for your house; you want to know how your home is performing and holding up the the elements.
An assessment takes around 2 hours depending on the size of the home. While we’re there, we’ll perform a series of diagnostic tests including: infrared imaging, blower door depressurization, combustion gas analysis, and a gas leak check.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENT?
1. Get To Know Your Home
For many home owners a Home Energy Assessment is all about getting a check up for your house. The process starts with a thorough interview where you’ll ask questions and express your concerns with the Energy Auditor. Frequently asked questions include: why are there icicles on my roof?, where are the drafts coming from?, and why does my home have temperature/humidly swings? While in your home it’s always the number one goal of the Energy Auditor to answer your questions and get to the bottom of your comfort issues.
2. Energy Efficiency Is Comfortable
Often, keeping utility costs down equates to turning down the thermostat in the Winter and leaving it set higher in the Summer. Many home owners resort to putting plastic film on their windows or masking tape on gaps around trim. At Comfort 1st, we believe that you deserve to be comfortable and save money on your utilities. We will get to the root of your comfort issues, and provide you with a more comfortable and energy efficient home.
3. Lower Heating & Cooling Bills
Home owners who make energy improvements typically see a yearly savings of 20% to 30%, depending on the improvements. Those savings which start immediately will last for the life of the home. That adds up to thousands of dollars in savings that could be spent else where.
4. Increase Your Home’s Durability
When your home uses less energy, your Heating and Cooling equipment won’t have to work as hard to keep up; as a result they will last longer and require less maintenance. When your attic is properly ventilated the shingles and roof deck will last longer. In addition, adding properly installed insulation will eliminate ice dams. Your roof will thank you for it! Lastly, Air sealing will greatly reduce moisture migration into the building envelope, which can create mold and destroy building materials.
5. Certify Air Quality
“According to the EPA, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.”
Traditionally, homes in the past were built leaky; they relied on passive ventilation to bring in dirty air from gaps, and cracks in the building envelope. At Comfort 1st, we put you in control of your air quality. First, we find and seal energy/air leaks, and then we certify your air quality by installing a Fresh Air Ventilation System. Say goodbye to pollen!
6. Improve Your Home’s Safety
While in your home we will check to make sure that your furnace, water heater are operating safely and exhausting dangerous flue gasses outside. In addition, we will perform a comprehensive gas leak check.
7. Qualify For Utility Incentives
An Energy Assessment is the first step toward qualifying your home for utility sponsored energy saving programs and instant insulation incentives. Taking advantage of these programs is a win-win in terms of comfort and energy efficiency.
8. Get A Home Energy Score
Developed by the DOE and its national laboratories, the Home Energy Score provides home owners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and credible information about a home’s energy use. Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of energy-related assets to easily compare energy use across the housing market.