Home Energy Audits

Home Energy Audits

A home energy audit is the first step on the path toward a more comfortable, more affordable, healthier home. Using a variety of high-tech, state-of-the-art tools, we’re able to identify the key areas where your home is wasting energy, and recommend the most cost-effective improvements for maximum comfort, minimum energy bills, and optimal indoor air quality and building health and safety.

Our approach in conducting home energy audits is to take a comprehensive,

whole-house assessment of the home, which distinguishes our “whole-house energy audit” from the “clipboard audits” offered by many utilities, box stores, and companies that offer a discounted audit as a means to sell products or services.

 

Our 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. During the audit, we use an infrared camera to identify air leakage and deficient insulation, a blower door to measure the rate of air infiltration in the home, and a duct blaster test to determine whether your ducts are well-sealed, among other tools.

Contact us with any questions or to find out more about our home energy audit process; we’d be happy to chat.

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Inspection & Analysis

Diagnosing your home’s energy usage

INTEC performs a complete inspection of your home using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment before any weatherization work is done. This allows us to accurately examine the insulation and other energy-saving needs of your house. We determine how much insulation is in your house and how tight we can make your house without putting you in danger. We will use infrared thermography cameras to examine the insulation and air infiltration, and we will check the air exchange rates between the inside and outside environments. After the work is done, we will check it again to make sure we have achieved our objectives. Our goal is to provide the most cost effective and energy efficient solution to lower your energy costs and improve your indoor air quality.

Thermal Imaging

Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to “see” and “measure” thermal energy emitted from an object.

Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object’s temperature, the greater the infrared radiation emitted.

Infrared thermography allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities. It is a valuable diagnostic tool in determining the need for home and commercial building insulation. INTEC technicians use infrared thermography cameras to see where the air leaks are, and where insulation voids exist inside wall cavities.

As our society strives to better manage our energy resources and improve the quality of our environment, infrared thermography cameras provide INTEC with the means to help you, the home owner, make your contribution to the greater good while lowering your energy bills and improving the comfort inside your home.

For more information about infrared imaging, or to schedule a free phone consultation, contact us today!

Blower Door Testing

Blower door testing 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 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, we will inspect the house with a smoke stick to pinpoint potentially hidden air leaks (making it much easier to address them when the time comes to get to work).

We also offer blower door testing as an isolated service to test the effectiveness of improvements that have been made to a home, and to provide homeowners and contractors with a roadmap to further improve a home’s efficiency moving forward.

In addition to being a critical component of a whole-house energy audit, blower door testing is required for many green building and energy-efficient building standards nationwide.

For more information about blower door testing, or to schedule a free phone consultation today, contact us here!

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