A whole-house energy audit looks at the building envelope (which includes all the components that make up your home’s outer shell, including windows, doors, insulation levels, and the level of air leakage in between building materials); all combustion equipment including boilers, furnaces and water heaters; and the movement of air within the home to ensure that the air you and your family are breathing is fresh, healthy and safe.
A blower door test is a way to measure the rate of air infiltration and is a way to test the “leakiness” of your home. By depressurizing your home and measuring the rate at which air infiltrates through imperfections in the building’s envelope, we’re able to assess how much energy (and money) is escaping through air leaks, and how much you’re likely to save by fixing those leaks.
As part of this process, I will inspect the house with a smoke stick or infrared camera to pinpoint potentially hidden air leaks. We can provide homeowners and contractors with a roadmap to further improve a home’s efficiency moving forward.