So, you have decided you are tired of facing an immense energy bill month after month? Enough is enough! We understand, and we fully support you. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your home while reaping almost immediate results. Schedule an audit with an energy efficiency specialist to see what steps you could be taking to increase the energy efficiency of your home. When they visit your home them may perform a few of the following tests.
Blower Door Test – This will help determine how airtight your home is. A massive and powerful fan is mounted to the frame of an exterior door and starts to suck air out of the home. This lowers the air pressure inside the home and helps the energy efficiency auditor find leaks. It is important to make sure that the auditor is using a blower fan that is calibrated for the size of your home.
Duct Blaster Test – This is very similar to a blower door test, but looks specifically for leaks in your air duct system. A fan attaches to a duct and forces air into the system, rather than out like with a blower door test. This equalizes the air pressure inside the duct system. A specialized instrument can now be used to detect how much air is leaking out. Next you will need to find those leaks and seal them.
Infrared Camera Test – Now we are talking about real, high-tech testing. Infrared cameras can be used to detect heat and light. With an infrared camera, an energy auditor can tell which section of your home are retaining more heat than others. This helps the energy auditor discover locations in which the home is insufficiently insulated.
This is just a sample of the energy testing audits that can be performed on your home. A thorough audit, performed by a skilled professional, like those at Parker & Son, will reveal a wealth of information which could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.