BrightHome performed a home energy analysis and provided a plan to save money on electricity and heating/air conditioning. They then executed the plan which consisted of closing off and insulating crawl spaces and vulnerable areas of the house. Tom Brown was the initial inspector. He did a great job analyzing the house. He crawled through every nook and cranny in the house and gave us a detailed description of what he was doing and why. He then provided us with a very detailed report on the house complete with pictures and recommendations for how to solve our energy problems.
At BrightHome, during our energy audits we'll check every part of your house to ensure you're maximizing your efficiency and safety. Our team of certified professionals will walk you through any problems identified in the audit, and help you create a plan to increase energy efficiency.
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.
Every BrightHome energy consultant performs 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. BrightHome 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.
Combustion Safety Test
The combustion safety test is an important part of the BrightHome energy audit. Brighthome focuses on three main areas: Gas leakage, Carbon Monoxide spillage into your home and the efficiency of your equipment. BrightHome will test every pipe and every fitting to ensure they are sealed properly. Brighthome 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 Recomendations & 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. We'll work with you to achieve a healthy and efficient BrightHome!
And that’s just the beginning! After your energy audit, BrightHome starts the work! The BrightHome team can help you install insulation, replace those old windows, seal your cracks, update your HVAC system, and install Energy Star® Appliances.
Contact us now to find our more or schedule your energy audit!