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July 17, 2018
If you’ve been looking for ways to increase your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort, you’ve probably heard that scheduling a home energy audit or home assessment is the first step you should take. But what is a home energy audit, exactly, and why is it so important? What exactly does it measure?
As home performance experts serving the greater Chicagoland area, we’re here to answer all of your energy audit questions.
What Is a Home Energy Audit?
An energy audit is like a check-up at the doctor’s office, only it’s for your home. During an energy audit, a home performance expert assesses your home’s overall energy efficiency by completing an in-depth visual inspection and diagnostic testing using advanced equipment.
Two of the most important parts of an energy audit are blower door testing and infrared thermal imaging.
Blower Door Testing
Blower door testing measures a home’s total air leakage. During the blower door test, a home performance expert attaches a large fan to an exterior doorway. This fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside and forcing outside air to seep in through air leaks in the home’s exterior. At this point, the blower door unit measures the amount of incoming air, and your energy auditor inspects your home to pinpoint inefficiencies.
Infrared Thermal Imaging
Energy auditors complete infrared thermal imaging using a thermal camera during the blower door test. This helps pinpoint exactly where air leaks and insulation gaps are throughout the home. The beauty with thermal imaging is that it often detects issues which are invisible to the naked eye.
Benefits of a Comprehensive Home Energy Audit
Here’s the best part about getting an energy audit: your energy auditor will not only give you a full report about your home but also point you to solutions for improving home efficiency, comfort, and health. You’ll find out where your home is wasting energy and where you should focus your home improvement dollars for the maximum results.
When you follow the recommendations given by your home performance expert, you can expect benefits like:
Increased home comfort
Lower utility bills by 20% or more
Greater overall home efficiency
Better indoor air quality
Boosted home performance
Assess Your Home & Find Solutions with Assured
If you want to enjoy these benefits and achieve greater peace of mind concerning your home, be sure to schedule an energy audit with the experts at Assured Insulation Solutions. We use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose home comfort issues and find solutions that will deliver real, tangible results in your home.