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Home Energy Audits

HOME ENERGY WHOLE HOUSE ASSESSMENT

Highland Contractor’s energy audits are conducted by our certified Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst and Building Envelope professional.

Infrared camera showing heat loss

WHAT IS AND ENERGY AUDIT?

We evaluate your home from the outside in, checking each room’s efficiency and safety. We’ll target your home’s problem areas and develop solutions to reduce its energy consumption. We look for loss of heat energy from the outside and then attach our special fan and seal an entrance door to pull air leaks into the house to find places where you never thought would be a problem until you see it first-hand!

Energy Audit Video Overview:

EXTERIOR INSPECTION

The exterior inspection of your home includes evaluating the general condition and construction and checks for any safety issues that may exist. Inside, we’ll test your heating and cooling system with a combustion safety and efficiency test. This test checks your hot water efficiency, and whether carbon monoxide and gas leaks are present in your home. We’ll also check your heating and cooling distribution systems for leaks and insulation values.

INTERIOR INSPECTION

Our energy consultants perform a complete interior inspection from your dirt floor crawl-space to the tightest areas of your attic. We’ll go to areas of your home that you may have never seen, but may be the cause of asthma, allergies and cold or hot rooms throughout your home. Highland Contractor’s interior inspections evaluate lighting and your existing household appliances to see how we can improve the efficiency of your home with our comprehensive home energy audit.

BLOWER DOOR TEST

Imagine having a window in your house that never closes. By conducting the blower door test, we measure your home’s air leaks and determine the size of this “window”. We calculate the Building Airflow Standard for the size of your home and occupancy rate, and compare that to what the actual blower door results tell us in Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM). We can tell you how much energy you are wasting due to excess air-flow, and what our limit is for making your home air tight while maintaining healthy air exchange.

Combustion Safety Test

The combustion safety test is an important part of the energy audit. Highland Contractors will focus on three main areas: Gas leakage, Carbon Monoxide spillage into your home and the efficiency of your equipment. We will test every pipe and every fitting to ensure they are sealed properly. We will measure the Carbon Monoxide flow from your equipment and ensure that it falls within acceptable levels.

Infrared Thermal Imaging

With Infrared thermal-imaging cameras, our energy consultants can graphically display and photograph the insulation levels and cold or hot spots within your walls, ceilings and floors without creating any holes or removing any sheet rock. You will be amazed when you see a vivid image of where you are missing insulation and what that does for heat loss in the winter or heat gain in the summer.

Custom Recommendations & Cost Savings Report

After a thorough analysis of your home and energy audit, we compile the results into a detailed report complete with photographs, thermal images, health and safety issues, and an explanation of energy loss in your home. We also provide you with customized solutions, cost of implementation, and the projected return on your investment.

What Can We Do to Reduce Your Energy Use?

After we perform an Energy Assessment on your home, you will be in a good position to know what measures make the most sense for you.

We’ve been retro-fitting existing homes for many years now & can offer you the highest quality, time-tested, best performing materials and installation techniques to get results. Some common measures include:

  • insulation
  • windows
  • air sealing
  • heating & hot water systems
  • solar
  • geothermal