An Energy Assessment is a comprehensive home examination. It is a critical first step on the path to improved building comfort, health, safety, durability, indoor air quality and energy efficiency. Our assessment includes observing and analyzing a home’s air leakage, duct systems, insulation levels, moisture issues and combustion appliance safety. We do this with the aid of state of the art diagnostics including infra-red imaging and blower door testing. In addition to the technology, our most valuable tool is our understanding of building science gained through years of experience inspecting and fixing homes. Our assessment report includes a recommended strategy to target and repair those areas of greatest need and greatest opportunity for benefit. The end result is, that after skillful execution of the strategy outlined in the plan, your family will be living in a home that is cozier, healthier and more affordable to live in.
Can an older home be cozy in the winter and comfortable in the summer? Can an older home be Energy Star rated? From our experiences my neighbor Kathy and I say “yes!” The home must be well insulated and the holes must be sealed. We each had our homes tightened up by Energy Reduction Specialists (ERS) of North Carolina.