Professional energy assessments are an effective way to determine your homes energy consumption. The energy auditor will do a room-by-room examination of the building to determine energy loss and recommend corrective solutions.
Infrared thermography is the easiest and quickest method to detect energy waste, moisture and electrical issues in buildings. An infrared camera shows exactly where the problems are and helps focus the inspectors’ attention allowing him or her to properly diagnose areas with energy loss.
Blower Door Testing
Professional energy inspectors use blower door tests to help determine a home’s airtightness. These are some reasons for establishing the proper building tightness:
- Avoiding moisture condensation problems
- Avoiding uncomfortable drafts caused by cold air leaking in from the outdoors
- Determining how much mechanical ventilation might be needed to provide acceptable indoor air quality.
- Reducing energy consumption due to air leakage
There are two types of blower door testers: calibrated and un-calibrated. It is important that inspectors use a calibrated door. This type of blower door has several gauges that measure the amount of air pulled out of the house by the fan. Un-calibrated blower doors can only locate leaks in homes. They provide no method for determining the overall tightness of a building. The calibrated blower door’s data allow the inspector to quantify the amount of air leakage and the effectiveness of any air-sealing job.