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- Helps you make decisions about how you can conserve energy.
2- Helps you increase the comfort, safety, health and durability of your home.
3 – Protects 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
Three types of services that compose a home energy audit:
1 – Visual Inspection
2 – Diagnostic Testing
3 – Numerical Analysis
When one of our auditors arrives at your home they will sit down for 10-15 minutes to ask some simple questions based on your energy concerns and take a look at your utility usage.
After the initial sit down they will set up testing equipment. They will inspect your attic, crawlspace, exterior walls, and your HVAC system. A full combustion appliance zone test will be completed to make sure no gas leaks are found. We will also take some thermal imaging photos and gather any preliminary information that helps to target further energy auditing.
Once all needed data has been gathered it is entered into a computer software program to create a thorough and detailed report. Our home energy audit services in Denver will outline anything we had found during the inspection. Once you have that report you can use it as a guide to make the improvements needed for your home to be more comfortable and energy efficient.
Types Of Home Energy Audit Tests
The visual inspection is the 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.