What is a Home Energy Audit?
If you request a home energy audit in Denver, Colorado from Ideal Home Energy you will receive a top-quality assessment of your homes energy performance that delivers multiple benefits to you.
1- Energy audits help you make decisions about how you can conserve energy.
2- Energy audits can increase the comfort, safety, health and durability of your home.
3 – A home energy audit can help protect the environment by reducing energy waste.
BPI Certified Professional
Building Performance Institute (BPI) was started in 1993 and has been setting the technical standards for energy audits and energy efficient upgrades. From These standards they are able to test and certify industry professionals.
To learn more about BPI visit www.bpi.org
The Auditing Process
Types Of Home Energy Audit Tests
The visual inspection is the energy auditors first tool in diagnosing a house with any energy or physical deficiencies. We want to determine the quality of the foundation, roof, siding, windows, doors, over hangs and any insulation. We also want to look for any possible health and safety hazards before starting any other tests.
Blower Door Test
Testing the air tightness of a home is possible, thanks to blower door technology. We can use this equipment to measure a homes air leakage rate at a standard pressure of 50 pascals (CFM50). This allows us to accurately test the homes air barrier to locate any existing air leaks.
Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) tests are used in a home energy audit to identify problems that weaken draft or restrict combustion air. We want to make sure these zones are running effectively and efficiently. More importantly, we want to make sure these zones are running in a safe and healthy way for any occupants residing in the home.
Gas Leak Detection
Any natural gas or propane piping systems will be evaluated at all joints and seems using an electronic gas detector.
Carbon Monoxide Test
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is monitored during the entire length of the audit. The auditor will turn on a personal CO meter before entering the home to measure CO in ambient air. All combustion appliances will also be tested for CO during the CAZ test.
During our home energy audits we use infrared testing, which while used in conjunction with a blower door, allows the user to see temperature differences. This testing will reveal the effectiveness of insulation and air sealing details in any building cavities.
Importance of Health and Safety
The health and safety of our clients should never be compromised by our home energy audit services or our efforts to conserve energy. Any energy efficient upgrades made could alter operations of heating and cooling systems, alter the moisture balance of the home or reduce a homes ventilation rate.
Here at Ideal Home Energy one of our top priorities is making sure our clients are safe. Energy auditors as well as energy upgrade contractors must take all possible precautions to avoid harm and deliver safety, indoor air quality and energy efficiency to each and every client.
Contact Ideal Home Energy to schedule a home energy audit in Denver or in one of the many areas of Colorado we serve.