7 Benefits Of Getting A Home Energy Audit

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.

Home Energy Audit

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!

PECO Smart House Call Sweepstakes: Win Up To $5K In Energy Efficient Upgrades

Sign up for the PECO Smart House Call Sweepstakes for your chance to win a free House Call visit and up to $5,000 in energy efficiency upgrades.

PECO Smart House Call Sweepstakes

How To Enter The Sweepstakes

  1. Simply go to the PECO Smart House Call Sweepstakes page.
  2. Next, fill out the form and submit. (Enter by 11:59pm on 8/17/14)

Requirements To Enter

In order to enter the sweepstakes, you need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • An existing PECO residential electric customer
  • Homeowner

Winner Selection

Random winners will be selected and notified by PECO.
Learn more via the Official Rules.

Learn more about PECO Smart House call via the video below:

Aeroseal For Home Energy Conservation: Savings By The Numbers

Aeroseal House Energy EfficientSummer is rolling back into our lives, which means the temperature is ramping back up in our homes and offices. Unfortunately, we are exiting the brief period of lowered energy bills between the HVAC costs of winter heating and the HVAC costs of summer air conditioning. With the return of climate control to our lives, we also return to the need for insulation to conserve the energy we use keeping cool. If you haven’t had your home energy audit for efficiency, you could be throwing money out the window.

 

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Save Money on Your Home’s Energy Use for Years with an Energy Audit

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Click to expand this diagram of common air leaks in the home.

An audit of your home’s energy use and efficiency offers a great and lasting return on investment. Inefficiencies that are identified during the audit can be remedied, leading to savings for years to come. When you think of a home energy audit, the first thing that springs to mind is probably keeping heat in your home during the winter by sealing gaps and cracks by your windows and doors. With that in mind, you may be thinking that spring is not a season to worry about energy use in your home. However, keep in mind that those same leaks can be letting costly air conditioning escape your home all summer long. Additionally, a comprehensive energy audit looks at so much more than just leaks around your windows and doors. Continue reading

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Saguaro Cactus SevenPremier Contractors is a family-owned provider of energy efficiency and weatherization retrofits. We offer air sealing, duct sealing and insulation services to reduce energy consumption and costs, while increasing comfort and ensuring that our customers have safe and healthy living spaces.

And So It Begins

…And so it begins.  If you’ve spent a lot of time on this website, you probably already know that Premier Contractors has been in business for twenty years.  In the past, we’ve worked for utility companies, helping their customers cut their monthly bills.  Now we are pleased to offer our traditional services- insulation, air sealing, and window upgrades- to the public, along with something new: duct sealing.

Because we’re eager to get off the ground, you can take advantage of a special offer: the first ten homeowners to contact us for an energy audit and mention this blog entry will receive 20% off the cost of all work done!  The only catch: if you’re happy with our work, mention us to all your friends!