STRICTLY BUSINESS: More Than Just Inspections

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What is a Whole House Energy Audit?

Infrared Energy AuditYour utility bill may be shocking, but it offers few helpful details: it doesn't tell you when your energy use peaks, doesn't explain how best to reduce power consumption, and doesn't tell you how your home is spending your money.

We think it’s worth finding out. A home energy audit is one of the first steps to understanding your home's energy usage, as well its overall health and performance. Using a combination of high tech tests and common sense evaluations, a good auditor provides homeowners with a list of energy and money saving steps, explains how and why your house is costing you money, then prioritizes steps to take to knock down those costs over the long haul.

A typical audit is comprised of several steps:

1) A thorough visual inspection of the home's building envelope.

2) An insulation check, using infrared thermography, to pinpoint areas 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, and an auditor will test ventilation systems to ensure that they conform to safety standards.

5) All visible gas lines, including the gas stove, gas dryer, gas powered furnace or boiler, and gas powered water heater will be examined to insure that there are no leaks.

6) The auditor will evaluate if your central heating system for efficiency, and to see how much carbon monoxide it makes.   This will determine if it needs cleaning or a tune-up.

7) Finally, older appliances, including old driers, freezers, and refrigerators may be tested with an electricity monitor.  Old, inefficient appliances can use a lot of power, and throw 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.

Last off, 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!

Just remember that what you don't know can cost you: it's better to know!

Included with Our Whole House Energy Audit, we will give you a comprehensive report, with pictures, showing you all the areas your house is losing energy, and recommendations for what should be done to minimize or eliminate the energy leaks.

Strictly Business Energy will recommend (and prioritize) solutions that are the most cost efficient means of fixing the problems.    

We are "here" to save you money! We pledge not to spend your money un-necessarily or recommend things that have a small return on investment.

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