Priority Energy, Energy Audit, IL

Improve comfort, reduce humidity and save money!

Is an energy audit worth it?

Should an energy audit be done when purchasing a new home?

What's the difference between a home inspection and an energy audit? 

How can we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from our home?

A home inspection is simply that - an inspection. An energy audit includes infrared scans, duct leakage and an air infiltration test; we exam the parts of a home you cannot see, but greatly impact comfort, health and energy use. Our audits give you actual test out numbers and images to help home buyers make a better home buying decision. Homeowners and real estate agents agree - Get an energy audit and learn what to expect from your new home!

At Priority Energy, we utilize our building science expertise to evaluate every aspect of a home, since one component will affect the performance of 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.  When less energy is used or less energy is wasted, fewer carbon emissions are released into the air. We have helped thousands of people save money and make their living spaces more energy efficient, more comfortable and healthier. 

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What Does a Home Energy Audit Include?

We now offer 2 Types of Energy Audits depending on your goals; price varies per size of the home. 

A. Full Comprehensive Audit

Priority Energy's Comprehensive Energy Audit begins with an interview and a utility bill assessment. 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 uses 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.

    1. A visual inspection of the home’s envelope and mechanical system,
    2. A blower door and infrared analysis to identify deficiencies in insulation and air leakage
    3. A comprehensive review of your mechanicals including static pressure testing & fan flow adjustment, temperature rise, duct leakage, and combustion safety testing
    4. A detailed report calculating the home's overall efficiency, and projected energy savings associated with recommended improvements

B. High-Level Comfort Analysis

Priority Energy's Comfort Analysis is designed to give a detailed look at the home's envelope. If you are considering air sealing, adding /upgrading your insulation, or purchasing new windows this base-line evaluation will tell you where to begin.

    1. A visual inspection of your home's envelope and mechanicals (settings, safety, efficiency)
    2. A blower door and infrared analysis to identify deficiencies in insulation and air sealing
    3. Identification of envelope improvements to correct comfort issues.

What can you tell from our Utility Bills?

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 uses 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.

What is an Infrared Analysis?

Infrared imaging allows us to see leaks around doors and windows, like the dark spots shown in this IR photo. 
The IR cameras help us identify missing insulation throughout the home, any moisture issues, hot and/or 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.

What is a Blower Door Test?

The amount of air leakage in the home's building envelope or outer shell is determined by performing a blower door test.
A blower door is essentially a high powered fan that is put in an outer doorway to pull air OUT of the house.  This creates the “worst case” air infiltration condition which allows us to identify air leaks and measure the amount of air your home is letting in and letting out. From here, we can quantify the savings associated with bringing the home in line with nationally accepted air leakage standards. This is measured at a rate of ACH50, or cfm50 per hundred square feet of building envelope.  

What is a 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.

Why do you test the Mechanical System? And what is a Combustion Safety Test?

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 achieving optimum furnace efficiency and durability. During the duct test mentioned above, we will check that your system is set up properly and that increased pressure is not being put on your vents.

The Improvement Analysis and Reporting

Comprehensive Energy Audits include a written, detailed report of test results, IR images and a summary of our 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 and how you can save the most money. Our customers tell us they use their audit report for years after their energy audit was performed. 

"You did an energy audit for us 10 years ago; can you help us get started on the next stage of the recommended improvements?" asked V.K., a client from Highland Park. Sure we can! Let's review your audit report!


Schedule your energy audit! Comfort and savings is a year-round concern!
Call Today 800-737-2299.

  • Thank you again and you will be the first person I call if I need additional part or service from your company.
    Anonymous
  • I just wanted to send this message to all you and say GREAT JOB!  We had a rough inspection today and passed for the Woodward Ave. house. The inspector told us "if every house I inspected looked like this one I would be out a job".

    Anonymous Builder
  • We were so impressed with the amount of information the Priority Energy technicians gave us during our ENERGY AUDIT.  If you are buying a house, I would strongly recommend having them do an energy audit on it, in addition to your usual home inspection.

    P.I.
  • Thanks for a super intelligent and deep seminar expertly handled by a staff which was a pleasure to be around. Lunch was superbly and subtly handled.

    A.S. Architect
  • I wanted to thank you for all of your extra time and energy during our BPI training over the last few weeks. You really helped put things in perspective. You are an awesome crew and your facility is a valuable resource for students and the community

    BPI Student, L.E.
  • There is much less dust in the house and the monthly gas and electric charges have been reduced by 10 to 15%.....I'm sure I will see greater savings over a twelve month period......thanks again.

    Aeroseal Client, R.N.
  • Just completed my BPI Field exam for my Quality Control Inspector (QCI) certification renewal at Priority Energy.
    Such a convenient and well-set-up training and test center with caring and knowledgeable staff and proctors! Thanks folks!

     

    P.R., Ottawa, IL
  • It's been cold here for the past few days and I really feel the difference in heating since the building was Aerosealed! My apartment is so much warmer now. Thank you Priority Energy!

     

    Miruna; Tenant at Country Manor Apartments, Peru, IL
  • Anytime I can be a reference for all the great work on my (new) house, please let me know.  Priority Energy is outstanding at what they do!

    Executive at Medline Industries, IL
  • I have a two story home built in the mid seventies. Lots of temperature fluctuation between the floors. The Aeroseal process dramatically increased the air flow to the second floor. Good experience. The company was very informative, answered a lot of questions.

    Vince from Oakbrook, IL
  • "It's been cold here for the past few days and I really feel the difference in heating since the Aeroseal, my apartment is so much warmer now. Thank you!"  

    MP from Peru, IL
  • Thank You so much for the super-fast turn around of our Manual J, D and S reprt for the Village of Glen Ellyn. Our original Manual J kept getting kicked back to us for corrections but your calculations/report got approved instantly-no questions asked and no more permit delays!

    Kim, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Thank you. Truly. I appreciate you taking the time to clarify things for me and then going above and beyond to ensure that my CEUs are handled for our current RESNET cycle. You’ve always been kind to me and this is another shining example of that.

    Craig, HERS Rater, Batavia, IL
  • (Aeroseal) is a GREAT Product! Really made our townhouse more comfortable!

    Gordon; Chicago, IL
  • We are having less ice on roof since the Aeroseal duct sealing! Thanks!

    Bill; Downers Grove, IL
  • Duct sealing (with Aeroseal) was the smartest thing I ever did! Our home is sooooo much more comfortable! We were so very pleased with Priority Energy and their technicians!

    Richard; Lake Forest, IL
  • On to the Radon issue - Excellent results with Aeroseal!  From 5 + to a .4.  Before sealing like we discussed, I had warm air coming out of the sump basket with the furnace running. Even with the furnace running, it is still pulling air in now.

    Bill; Belvidere, IL

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