Here at AppleBlossom Energy, we are passionate about building science, and we want to use our thorough knowledge of the subject to help you make your home more energy efficient, more environmentally friendly, and more comfortable. If you are tired of spending so much on your utility bill and are looking for ways to lower your energy costs, we recommend that you start by scheduling an energy assessment. In this article, we’ll provide a brief overview of how the energy assessment process works, so you can know what to expect.
- External Inspection. The first step in an energy assessment is to examine the exterior of your home to check for any mold growth, moisture issues, or air leaks.
- Blower Door Testing. Our energy assessment services also use blower door testing to detect even the smallest air leaks. This process involves placing large fans in the frames of your exterior doors, then pumping the air out of your house. As this happens, our team will use digital air pressure gauges to measure the difference between the interior and exterior air pressure and find any spots where air may be leaking into the building.
- Infrared Imaging. An energy assessment may also involve looking at your home using thermal infrared cameras. This lets our team find any hot or cold spots in your home, which can indicate gaps in your insulation.
- What it All Means. Air leaks and gaps in your insulation allow heat energy and air to leak in and out of your home, which forces your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy in order to maintain your desired temperature. Identifying these problems is the first step to correcting them, and by correcting them, you can significantly reduce your home’s energy usage.