Home Energy Audit


Whole House Comfort  & Energy Checkup

A Whole House Comfort Checkup Is A Thorough Evaluation Of All Your Home's Comfort Systems Components.
Buying a new heating and cooling system to cut energy costs is often times a huge waste of money.  Equipment alone is not the determing factor of your heating and cooling costs.  As a matter of fact, new high efficiency equipment with increased airflow, can actually raise costs or negate the savings expected with the increase in efficiency.  Common problems such as duct leakageinfiltration and lack of insulation, affect your heating and cooling bill far more than the equipment.
Below is a list of common problems addressed and solved by having a whole house comfort and energy checkup performed on your house:


Here's How a Whole House Comfort Checkup Works

A specially-trained Comfort and Indoor Air Quality Consultant will visit your home and - using advanced diagnostic instruments and testing procedures - will identify problems that affect your indoor living environment. Your consultant will then provide you with a personalized plan to solve these problems, permanently.


Initial Consultation

Your checkup starts with an initial interview with a Comfort and Indoor Air Quality Consultant.  Your input provides valuable information, such as whether any rooms feel clammy when the air conditioner is running, or if any parts of the house need to be dusted more often than others.  We encourage all the adults in your home to participate in this initial consultation since everyone's perception of comfort and indoor air quality is unique.



Equipment Inspection

The inspection begins with your heating and cooling equipment.  Is it efficient, dependable and safe?  Your consultant will visually inspect your equipment for any signs of deterioration, improper installation, or insufficient maintenance.  He or she will let you know the average life span of your type of equipment. Your consultant will also evaluate your system's air filtration and purification efficiency, to determine if improvements would better clean your indoor air.



Insulation Inspection

Even the best heating and cooling system will have trouble keeping you comfortable or will cost more to run if you don’t have enough insulation.  Your consultant will visually inspect insulation levels throughout your home and determine if they meet currently recommended levels.  More importantly, he or she will look for hidden defects, such as hollow wall cavities,  that allow air and heat to bypass your insulation.  Attic ventilation levels will also be checked.

Infiltrometer Blower Door Test

All houses should have some air leakage but most leak too much.  Symptoms of excessive leakage include uneven temperatures throughout the house, wasted energy, excessive dust, cold drafts, dry air in winter, and clammy air in summer.  On the other hand, some homes are too airtight and may have unhealthy indoor air. 

To measure a home’s air tightness,  Department of Energy scientists at Princeton University invented the blower door instrument.  It is often featured in magazines and on television, including National Geographic, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, and This Old House.

Using an Infiltrometer™ (a computerized blower door system) your Comfort & Indoor Air Quality Consultant will evaluate how leaky or airtight your entire home is, and where improvements can be made.



Air Leakage Evaluation

Not all air leaks are created equal.  From an air quality standpoint, those around your windows and doors are good leaks, since they let in fresh outdoor air.  Bad leaks let in dusty, moldy or polluted air from your attic, garage, or crawl space.  Leaky air ducts often bring in dirty air, and cause your heating and cooling equipment to perform well below peak efficiency.  As part of the Infiltrometer™ blower door test, your consultant will pinpoint where your home’s worst air leaks are, and where improvements can be made.


Air Flow Diagnosis

If your air duct system has hidden design flaws or blockages, your air flow will be restricted or unevenly distributed.  This wastes your money and can make your home uncomfortable.  Studies conducted for electric utilities nationwide show that over 66% of heat pumps and air conditioners suffer from this problem.  Your consultant will conduct 'static pressure' tests - like a blood pressure check for your ducts - to reveal any hidden blockages or design problems.




Personalized Improvement Plan

Once the inspection and testing are complete, your consultant will explain the results, and give you a prioritized plan of recommended improvements.   Many - such as adding insulation or weather-stripping - can be performed by homeowners as weekend projects.  Other improvements may require professionals.  Upon request, your consultant will prepare a proposal for repairs your CI Member Contractor can perform, and can recommend other contractors for services they do not offer.


During your Whole House Comfort Checkup, you will learn how to:

Achieve even, comfortable temperatures throughout your home
Maintain healthy, comfortable humidity levels year-round
Reduce dust, system noise and repair bills
Save money on your utility bills (typically between 10% and 50%)



Do Family Members Suffer From Allergies or Asthma?



Your home may be contributing to your suffering.  A Whole House Comfort Checkup will help identify ways to make your home healthier and safer.

Dust Got You Cleaning All The Time?

Miles of ductwork gets cleaned each year. Thousands of high efficiency air filters get sold daily. All in the name of getting rid dust. While duct cleaning and air filters may provide temporary relief to dust problems, the only sure way to eliminate dust is to identify and correct the source. The Whole House Checkup is designed to do just that. First we identify the source and then provide you with options for eliminating the source.

Buying A New Comfort System?
As recommended by DOE and EPA, before buying a new indoor comfort system, you should ask your heating and cooling contractor for diagnostic testing and computerized equipment sizing calculations.
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Do You Have Hot or Cold Spots?

A Whole House Comfort Checkup will get to the bottom of why, and what you can do about it.





Is Your Indoor Air Too Dry or Too Humid?



Improper humidity control can cause static shocks, dry skin and bloody noses in the winter and mold, mildew and structural damage in the summer.  A Whole House Comfort Checkup will identify ways to help you control the humidity in your home.



Are Your Utility Bills Too High?


According to the Department of Energy, the typical home wastes 25% to 40% of the energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump or air conditioner.  Are you throwing away 25¢ to 40¢ out of every utility dollar?  Find out if you are and how to stop it!