A home energy audit is one of the first steps to understanding your home's energy usage, as well as its overall health and performance.
Using a combination of tests and common sense evaluations, Stitt Energy Systems' auditor provides a list of energy and money saving steps, explains how and why your house is costing you money, then prioritizes steps to help you reduce those costs.
A typical audit is comprised of several steps:
1) A thorough visual inspection of the home's building envelope.
2) An insulation check to pinpoint spots where insulation may have settled, been improperly installed, or where it may be missing altogether.
3) An air leakage test using a blower door, to measure the cumulative effect of all the air leaks in the home.
4) A ventilation check: healthy houses have appropriate ventilation.
5) The auditor will evaluate if your central heating system needs cleaning or a tune-up.
6) Finally, expect a few suspect appliances, including old driers, electric stoves, or refrigerators to be tested with an electricity monitor. There are times when one terrifically inefficient appliance throws an entire house's energy use out of whack.
We believe that whole house energy audits by certified professionals are worth every penny, so long as you act on what the audit turns up.
Keep in mind that what turns up might surprise you: homeowners are often shocked to discover that all the little air leaks throughout their house add up to the equivalent of a window (or two, or more) being left open year round!