Why do I need an energy audit?
Life in Clark County and the SW Washington area provides a mild but moist environment. We don’t have extreme weather, but we do have moisture in the area which makes it feel cooler much of the time. An energy audit will provide valuable insight in determining the key components that are negatively affecting the comfort, performance and energy efficiency of your home.
A Home Energy Audit may be advisable if you have experienced a combination of the following issues:
- High energy usage
- Drafty rooms
- Heating & cooling systems constantly run
- Significant temperature variances between rooms
- Moisture on the windows
- Excessive dust
- Inability to maintain consistent house temperatures
- Dry indoor air (winter season)
- Cold floors (winter season)
- Peeling paint (exterior)
A Home Energy Audit can identify the source of these issues, allowing you to perform the most effective improvements to make your home healthier, more comfortable and more energy efficient. Many people think about energy savings, and immediately think about new windows or more insulation. While valid, those fixes can take many years to provide a return. Meanwhile there are probably simpler and less expensive items that will pay back right away. Why spend more, when less is better?
A home energy audit is often the first step in making your home more efficient. An audit can help you assess how much energy your home uses and evaluate what measures you can take to improve its efficiency. But remember, audits alone don’t save energy. You need to implement the recommended improvements.
What is the Blower Door Test?
This is an important key to the testing process. This test is a code requirement for all new single and multi-family homes. Any homeowner considering upgrades to windows or insulation should have this prior to any major expense. If there are air-leaks in your home, installing new windows or adding insulation will do little to solve structural issues. Also, the expense for fixing most air-leaks is usually a tiny fraction of the cost of new windows.
*This video describes the process we use.
What is Duct Testing?
Duct testing can determine if heat or air loss is occurring in the home’s duct work. This is a requirement by code, for all new homes and apartments. If you have HVAC work performed, such as adding an air-conditioner or replacing your furnace, this test is required by code. Swiftsure Energy Services can perform duct testing along with a series of comprehensive tests to evaluate your home’s energy performance.
*Please watch this short video to see how this process works.
If a leaking duct is found during testing, then duct sealing can help to reduce energy consumption by eliminating the air-leaks and faulty connections in the home’s duct work. Up to 40% of a home’s heat can be lost to leakage which can be prevented through inexpensive duct sealing.