Order a Home Performance Survey BEFORE Buying
Why wait until your first heating bill arrives to find out how energy efficient your new home is? Find out before you buy and factor weatherization costs into your purchase negotiations. Our Comprehensive Home Performance Audit goes far beyond a typical home inspection explaining where your energy costs will be. In addition, other indoor air quality hazards, such as carbon monoxide from heater leaks, mold from damp basements and crawlspaces, or hazardous chemical contaminants, can be surveyed before you buy. Contact us to learn more.
Home Sellers Too!
Differentiate your home from the competition during these tough home market times. The U.S. Dept of Energy estimates that every $1 saved per year in energy costs adds $20 to the value of the home. Therefore, improving energy efficiency and comfort can greatly improve your chances of making a quick sale. Certified Building Analysts provide a detailed written report, which can be given to prospective home buyers, clearly describing how energy efficient your house is, with concrete steps for improvement where necessary.
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Home Performance / Weatherization Audits
Does your home suffer from any of these problems?
- High Energy Bills
- Drafty, Cold or Hot Rooms
- Cold Floors in Winter
- Moisture On or In Windows
- Ice Dams and Water Leaks
- Bubbling or Peeling Paint
- Mold, Mildew or Musty Odors
- Damp Basement or Crawlspace
Poor weatherization (e.g., lack of insulation and air sealing) of a home not only costs you unnecessary extra money, but can also lead to a wide variety of indoor air quality and home structural problems such as these.
The U.S. Dept of Energy estimates that the typical family spends almost $2,500 a year in utility bills. Air infiltration can account for 30% or 50% of those heating and cooling bills. This money is literally going right out your windows, attic and walls. Much of this wasted money can be saved by taking the right steps, and at the same time making you more comfortable in your home.
Start to make your home "green". Ask for a Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit. This audit will help by identifying specific steps to properly weatherize your home to save money, improving indoor air quality, eliminating moisture and mold issues, and making a commitment to your childrens´ futures by reducing your carbon footprint now.
Want more reasons to go green? New Jersey and many other states are offering homeowners lucrative financial incentives for taking energy conservation measures. These include up to 50% cash rebates or zero interest loans. That´s in addition to Federal energy tax credits and appliance rebates. If your family is considering installation of solar energy, many states require a comprehensive audit performed by a certified Building Analyst in order to qualify for solar energy financial incentives.
What To Expect?
EHS Innovators offers a "whole house" building science solution to reducing your energy consumption, improving air quality, ensuring the health & safety of your family, and increasing the durability of your home.
Different levels of audits are available to meet your circumstances and budget. However, the cost of even the most comprehensive home performance audit will likely pay itself back quickly in reduced heating & cooling costs (typically 15% to 30% savings every year) once its recommendations are acted upon. In addition, your family will immediately feel the difference in comfort and general satisfaction with air quality in the home.
The Comprehensive Home Performance Audit takes about 4-6 hours and includes:
- Review of heating and cooling bills to let you know where you stand with energy consumption.
- A complete visual inspection of all areas of the house, including attic, basement and crawlspace, to size up priority actions for insulating, air sealing and energy conservation.
- Blower Door Testing determines the amount of air leakage from the house and opportunities for air sealing.
- Infrared thermal imaging ("thermography") used in conjunction with the blower door testing pinpoints the precise sources of air leakage (click to see examples). Our staff are Certified Building Science Thermographers as well.
- Combustion safety testing of heating and hot water systems to assess their condition and identify potential problems related to back-drafting and carbon monoxide.
- Indoor air quality testing for mold, dust, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide and other priority indoor air contaminants. Other tests, such as sampling of potential asbestos-containing materials, may be requested upon consultation with our specialist.
Select the level of home performance audit that best suits your needs and budget.
Basic Visual Inspection (Level 1)
All levels of audits start with a preliminary assessment of your existing energy consumption followed by a thorough visual inspection. Items included in the Basic Inspection are:
- Analysis of heating and electricity consumption
- Opportunities for energy savings from appliances and lighting
- Assessment of insulation levels compared to Energy Star® recommendations
- Inspection of windows and doors
- Inspection of potential moisture and mold issues
- Exhaust venting from kitchens, bathrooms and the attic
- Evaluation and recommendations for stopping air leaks that rob homes of conditioned air.
- Visual assessment of hot water and heating systems for proper venting, operating condition and potential problems.
- Visual and sensory inspection of problem rooms for temperature, moisture, drafts and odors.
Note that the basic audit does not include testing of any kind. However, it is the least costly alternative to give the homeowner priorities for follow-up and warn of possible problems caused by deteriorating equipment or structure.
Home Performance Audit (Level 2)
A level 2 Home Performance Audit takes the visual inspection to the next step by adding diagnostic testing of the home and appliances. Audit time approximately 4-6 hrs + report.
In addition to all items shown on the Level 1 Basic Visual Inspection, the following evaluations are done:
- Blower Door Testing – the house is depressurized using a "blower door". Building leaks are accentuated and diagnosed using pressure testing of building components, such as seals on doors, windows, recessed lighting and even air leaks through outlets and switch plates.
- Carbon Monoxide Exhaust Testing of furnaces, water heaters and gas ovens
- Natural Gas Leak Testing of accessible gas supply piping
- Worst case Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) Testing – determines whether there is sufficient air in the home to safely feed combustion appliances, such as the water heater, when other exhausts (e.g., bathroom, kitchen, attic fan) are operating. This is especially important when tightening the home.
- Combustion Appliance Safety Testing – carbon monoxide spillage from chimneys and gas ovens, back-drafting, combustion efficiency of heating devices
Comprehensive Home Performance Audit (Level 3)
Combines all items in the Level 1 and 2 audits, plus basic indoor air quality testing. Standard indoor air quality tests include:
- Infrared Thermal Imaging of air leaks with thermal image photographs provided
- Indoor Air Quality Tests for mold, dust, and volatile organic compounds.
- Other tests available upon request with prior scheduling.