Home Energy Audit
A home energy audit makes it possible for St. Louis area homeowners to determine where their home is losing energy and money. Professionals, such as our team here at Greenmark Home Performance, will be able to take these problem areas and then help you to better understand how they can be taken care of so that you can have a more energy efficient and comfortable home. During your audit, we will check for air leaks, problems with insulation, and we will also inspect your windows, doors, and HVAC systems.
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The Step-By-Step Process
Exterior Home Inspection
Our team will take a thorough look at the outside of your home to pinpoint areas of air loss that may be happening around window and door frames. These problem areas can potentially cause a lot of energy loss over time, leaving you with expensive utility bills each month. We will also check for cracks in the foundation walls which could be letting moisture inside, or contributing to heat loss/gain.
Insulation and Attic Area Inspection
We will check the top of your home to be sure that you aren't having any issues with energy loss through the walls, floors, or roof. These are often the most notorious areas of energy loss inside of a home. If it is discovered that this is a problem area, spray foam or cellulose insulation can be installed to help with making the home more comfortable all year long.
Heating and Cooling Systems
These are often the biggest users of energy inside of your home. We will check them to be sure that they are working as efficiently as possible. If there is a problem here, or if the systems are over a decade old, it may be time to think about replacement. We have several different types of units for you to pick from, and our team of experts will walk you through the entire replacement and installation process.
Duct Work Inspection
We will check your ducts to make sure that they are properly moving air throughout the various floors and rooms of your home. We will also make sure that there aren't any clogs or leaks found here. We recommend getting your ducts cleaned regularly to prevent dust and grime build-up which could cause problems with air flow, and contribute to problems with allergies.
Blower Door Tests
This kind of testing can be used to calculate the air tightness of your home. The blower door unit is placed on the interior side of your entry door. Then, a fan will depressurize your entire home, and it will make it easier for us to pinpoint areas of air loss. Often times, the leaks are found around window and door frames, or around outlets.
These devices help us to also pinpoint areas of energy loss in a home. They use infrared radiation to allow us to see areas of heat loss or gain around window or door frames, or around ceilings. Most energy used in a home will actually get out through the attic, walls, or chimney.
Review the Results
After all of our testing has been finished, we will review the comprehensive results with you and then discuss the next steps going forward to provide you and your family with a comfortable home.