Home Energy Audits at J Ferg Energy Pros
Home energy audits, also known as home energy assessments is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes. The air flow system of your home works similarly to the circulatory system of the heart. It is similar to how the heart pumps blood, the goal of home HVAC efficiency is to maximize air flow without overworking your air conditioning unit or encountering costly leaks.
The air within your home circulates in what is called an “energy envelope”. If your home is not properly insulated or sealed, regulated air escapes your home. Which will also cause your home to use more energy to regulate itself again, resulting in a much higher energy bills.
The insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow, and provides an air barrier. With an air barrier and heat flow resistance you are guaranteed lower heating and cooling costs. As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. You want to make smart decisions about your home’s HVAC systems. Because this can have a big effect on your utility bills.
With energy efficient doors and windows you can save you anywhere between 15%-25% on your monthly heating and cooling bills. While also making your home more aesthetically pleasing.
Here at J Ferg, our energy pro specialists are skilled at finding weaknesses in your energy envelope and will conduct a free energy audit. Our pro’s will then review your audit, and recommend an upgrade plan designed specifically for you. The specialized pro’s are here to prioritize your upgrades according the the standards set by the Building Performance Institute.
Our customers are important to us. Making sure your home is energy efficient is our priority. Call us today for your free energy audit.
Our Home Energy Audit Process
Blower Door Test
Your home’s energy envelope is tested for leaks through the blower door test. It is the most important part of the energy audit process. This test begins with a blower door, or powerful fan that mounts to the frame of an exterior door. A fan will then pull air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside. Which allows higher air pressure from the outside to infiltrate your home through the unsealed cracks.
All of these tests will determine the air infiltration rate of a building. These will also allow us to know where the leaks are so we can successfully patch the weak spots in your energy envelope. Which will ultimately save you money on your utility bill. Blocking harmful moisture, annoying drafts, and gauging the level of mechanical ventilation needed to provide an optimal indoor air quality.
Thermographic and Infrared Inspections
While the blower door test is being conducted, infrared technologies can be utilized to identify where the weaknesses in your home’s energy envelope are located. These two tests are an ideal pairing. The blower test will isolate trouble spots, while the infrared inspection will enable our specialists to quickly locate them during your home energy audit.
When your air conditioning ducts are not properly sealed, your system has to work harder to maintain the controlled air temperature, drastically reducing its lifespan. This can be most avoided by testing the leakage of your ducts with the duct blaster test. At J Ferg, our energy pro specialists will utilize specialized equipment to measure the level of leakage within your ducts. Which will ensure that regulated air isn’t leaking into your attic or crawl spaces is a positive step in the direction of home efficiency.
Our energy efficiency pros also offer other specific energy efficiency tests as needed and upon request during your free home energy audit. Savings will vary. To find out why take a look in the seller’s fact sheet on R-values. Higher R-values will mean greater insulating power. You want to be able to enjoy your safer, healthier, and more energy efficient home.
Learn More about Energy Audits from energy.gov
A J Ferg Energy Pros professional performs the Blower Door Test as part of a Home Energy Audit.