Residential Home Energy Audits
WHERE is your home losing heat? A Home Energy Audit will tell you…
Schedule a Home Energy Audit
By doing a blower door test and investigating air leakages using an infra-red camera, we can literally see where the worst leaks are and seal up all of them, insulating your home to the highest standards possible.
Energy audits, also known as energy assessments help provide you with the best ability to diagnose comfort issues and energy savings in the home.
What an Energy Audit Enables You To Do
The audit allows hidden bypasses and air leaks to be found and then prioritizes them. Instead of trying the age old game of replacing windows (unless you have single pane or metal frame); air sealing the attic, crawlspace, rim joists, major bypasses, chases (shafts) and dropped ceilings allows many of these problem areas to be addressed. It is essential to allow our crews ability to properly insulate and seal a home to find hidden areas and take care of problems.
Most municipalities adopted energy efficient codes in September of 2016. Homes built prior, unless energy star homes may have large leaks! Air sealing is required now for all insulation jobs that are seeking an Xcel rebate.
To benefit most, tell our office what your main concerns are, and what you would like to have looked at during the audit. The audit covers basic evaluation of mechanical systems such as furnace, AC, ducting and boiler. It also covers our specialty areas of wall insulation, attic insulation, air leakage, knee walls, and cantilevers. You can also fill out what you would like on the attached form.
Utility bill analysis helps prioritize energy savings. Login to XcelEnergy.com/MyAccount and print off up to 24 months utility bills by downloading the CSV file on the bottom of the home page. If you would like more accurate energy saving numbers beyond software capability, notify our auditor and he will manually calculate your prospective products.
The advantage of an energy audit is that we take the technology of infrared scanning with the enhancement of blower door air movement, which allows one to see an “Xray” (IR) vision of your home. Denver metro utility companies pay up to $200 for this energy audit. We only charge $135 if you have both gas and electric with Xcel.
An optional post IR inspection may be scheduled by our auditor to inspect the job. Schedule your post IR inspection when scheduling the job, so that we may finish the same day.
Preparing for your site visit
Please provide access to attics, crawlspaces, heating and cooling equipment, and refrigerators. All rooms may need to be accessed. A blower door with fan will be placed in the front door. Typically, audits run 2- 3 1/2 hours depending on home size, concerns to address, and conversation length. Homes larger than 6000 sq ft may have additional fees.
Duct Blaster Testing
Duct blaster testing is not performed with standard audits, however, it is recommended for Boulder rental homes. Over 95% of homes will not have ducting tight enough to qualify for Boulder’s SmartRegs rental home certification process. We require duct sealing to be performed when we do a duct blaster test for this program. Duct sealing is performed from February to September.
Crawl Space Insulation
This really helps create an energy efficient home.