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The best way to learn about your home’s energy efficiency and your energy use is with a professional energy audit. At Priority Energy, we utilize building science to evaluate every aspect of a home, since one change will affect everything else. Our BPI and RESNET certified energy auditors are specialists at detecting the visible and not-so-visible areas where your home is wasting energy. They have helped thousands of people make their living space more energy efficient, comfortable and healthier with their step-by-step approach to maximize home performance.
What Does an Energy Audit Include?
Priority Energy’s Energy Auditors will interview you, assess your utility bills, and conduct a high-level inspection of your home or business. We will lay out your options and discuss the fastest way for you to begin to reduce your utility costs, save money and be more comfortable in your living space.
Our audit services include
And we also offer comprehensive Commercial Energy Audits
Utility Bill Review & Interview
It is surprising how much we can learn simply by applying some math to your utility use statements. By separating your utility bills into two categories and using some simple math, we can learn a lot about you and how your home use energy. The base load is your hot water, washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc. and the seasonal load is your heating and cooling. We can even compare how efficiently your HVAC system is operating by comparing your seasonal usage to the seasonal usage of other homeowners in your area.
Infrared Analysis & Insulation Inspection
Infrared imaging allows us to see leaks around doors and windows, like the dark spots shown in this IR photo.
The cameras help us identify missing insulation throughout your home, moisture issues, hot and cold spots (like faulty wiring) and overall construction details.
Considering new windows? Our energy auditors will also analyze your windows to understand the efficiency of their insulation and UV coatings. This will help to determine the necessity and potential value associated with any window replacements.
Air Leakage & Blower Door Tests
Air leakage in the building envelope or shell of your home is determined by performing a blower door test. The blower door is essentially a high powered fan that is put in your doorway to pull air OUT of your house. A “worst case” air leakage condition is created to easily identify exactly how much air your home is letting in and letting out, and quantify the savings associated with bringing it in line with national standards. This is measured at a rate of ACH50, or cfm50 per hundred square feet of building envelope. Air sealing locations are noted in your comprehensive report.
Duct Leakage Test
Priority Energy also performs a detailed analysis of your home’s ductwork to determine if this important internal component is properly balanced and leak free. Air ducts play an important role in the overall comfort of each room in your home and have a major impact on the efficiency of your HVAC system. In addition, a heating and cooling system that is too large or too small can create indoor air quality problems, humidity issues and structural damage.
Mechanical System Tests & Combustion Safety Tests
The only products of complete combustion are carbon dioxide and water. If an appliance such as a furnace or water heater is running inefficiently, it will produce inordinate and sometimes dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide and oxygen.
The temperature of the exhaust gas tells us a lot about the efficiency of the HVAC system. If it is too hot, it is wasting energy; if it is too cold, it is probably producing acidic condensation in your vents and chimney, which can cause big problems.
Priority Energy Auditors use the latest flue-gas analyzers to test the gas and temperature emissions of your combustion appliances. In this way, we can determine if an equipment tune-up or complete replacement is needed as well as the associated savings.
Balanced airflow coming in and out of your furnace is essential to achieve optimum furnace efficiency and durability. During the duct test mentioned above, we will check that your system is set up properly and increased pressure is not being put on your vents.
Improvement Analysis and Reporting
Our Energy Auditors will review and compile a detailed report of their test results and other findings. The report will identify comfort, health and energy efficiency improvements that will bring you the most benefits and their related costs. It will also tell you where you can save the most money and how.
Your home is likely to be the single biggest investment you ever make. We offer the convenience of providing both cutting edge diagnostics and the most up-to-date efficiency solutions and home improvement service to our customers so they don't have to search and wait for more contractors.
Call Priority Energy today for more information about our energy audits at 800-737-2299.
Priority Energy was recently rated the No. 1 Aeroseal dealer in Chicagoland; proudly serving builders, HVAC companies, home owners, and commercial property owners since 2010.
The Newman Restoration Group just completed a workshop with Mr. Schildgen on insulation. weatherization and indoor air quality. The one-day curriculum led students through building science principles and a hands-on practice with props.