Although September and October provide great weather for opening your windows and letting in some fresh air, the cold weather is on its way and the need to heat your home is right around the corner. With the ever increasing rates of natural gas and oil, it’s essential to understand the specific conditions that effect the efficiency and comfort of your home.
Premier Contractors, Inc. offers a complimentary energy assessment, which includes the examination of your home’s insulation and an inventory of light bulb and appliance efficiency. Based on these findings, Premiere works towards a comprehensive home energy audit that complies to the BPI (Building Performance Institute) specifications.
This home energy audit includes:
- Checking for leaks in the ductwork seams
- Checking for leads in doors and windows
- Insulation assessment
- Inspecting attics and basements
- Utility bill analysis
- Load application recommendation
- Blower Door Test, which measures how leaky your home is and determines if air sealing is needed (such as caulk or weather stripping)
- Infrared Thermal Imaging, which visually determines exactly where heat loss is occurring in your home
The benefits of a comprehensive home energy audit include:
1. Improved Energy Efficiency
Save Money! Home energy audits educate homeowners about where losses of energy are occurring. This commonly occurs in the ductwork and is often the number one cause of significant heat loss in a home with a ductwork based system. Premier Contractors, Inc. is proud to be a partner with Aeroseal, producers of the world’s only aerosolized duct sealing method. With Aeroseal in place, homeowners can see a significant reduction leakage. In some cases a heat loss of 30% can be reduced to below 5%, resulting in welcome cost savings.
2. Increased Comfort
After implementing home energy improvements, your home will have a more consistent interior temperature due to an improved air exchange. Along with sealing leaky ductwork, adding insulation and replacing old furnaces will make every room of your home a much more pleasant environment.
3. Increased Home Value
With measurable home energy improvements in place and decreased annual energy costs, your home becomes more attractive to potential buyers. Prospective buyers don’t want aging systems or homes that waste energy. Home energy efficiency improvements will ensure your home produces a higher resale value in the future.
4. Benefit The Environment
With a more energy efficient home, you are reducing pollution and greenhouse gases that are dispersed in the production of burned fuel. Take a step towards an environmentally responsible living space!
5. Improved Air Quality
Unacceptable air quality contributes to allergies, asthma and other health problems. The culprits vary from house to house, but include mold spores, pet dander, cigarette / cigar smoke and toxins in common building products. A home energy audit will analyze a home’s ventilation to determine how to better the air quality.
6. Improved Humidity Control
Depending on the quality of construction, moisture can infiltrate a from the outside and from inside of a home. A home energy audit will pinpoint where excess moisture is being generated and determine next steps to bring it to a low level. Moisture control strategies will help maintain the durability and longevity of home’s lifetime.
7. Improved Health
Finally, a home energy audit can determine if your combustion equipment, such as heating systems, gas appliances, etc… are backdrafting, as well as if there are dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and radon present.
Home Energy Audit Video
Below is a video from the U.S. Department of Energy, entitled “Energy 101: Home Energy Assessment”. This video details a typical Home Energy Audit and what to expect when a Premier Contractors auditor visits your home.
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Premier Contractors, Inc. provides home energy audits in the greater Philadelphia area, including Bucks County PA, Montgomery County PA, Chester County PA, and Delaware County PA. Contact us today to get started!