WHAT IS A HOME PERFORMANCE AUDIT?
To make the most of your home’s energy-saving potential, the best approach is to look at the home as a system. Every energy upgrade you make has an impact, and sets you up for greater performance and savings. But where should you begin?
You’ll find the answer with a comprehensive home energy assessment, the first step on our Whole Home Improvements path. The assessment helps you pinpoint where your house is losing energy so you can prioritize efficiency improvements and start saving money. Upgrades such as air sealing, insulation and HVAC replacement can save you 20% or more on your utility bills, while increasing home comfort, safety, durability and the resale value of your home. You may also be eligible to receive cash incentives for qualified improvements.
Your home energy assessment will be performed by one of our Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified Focus on Energy Home Performance Assessment Specialists, specializing in the whole home approach. These are true energy experts who understand every aspect of home performance and how the many components—from the number of occupants to local climate, age of the home, size and layout—all interact. Your Whole Home Trade Ally will use energy modeling software to collect data and generate a customized report highlighting which improvements are best suited for your home. You can then pick and choose based on need, budget and incentives.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ENERGY AUDITS
WHAT IS A BLOWER DOOR TEST?
A blower door is a diagnostic tool designed to measure the air tightness of your home. The blower door test will be used before the project is started, and again after your home improvements are completed. Unlike a lot of competitors, a blower door test is always included with a Beneficial Insulation home performance assessment.
HOW ARE ENERGY SAVINGS CALCULATED?
All eligible upgrades that save energy, such as air sealing and insulation, may be included in a package of upgrades to potentially achieve 10–30% total energy savings.
WHAT IS R-VALUE?
Insulation with a high R-value has better resistance to heat, meaning less heat is able to penetrate through it and escape, or enter. The higher the R-value of your insulation, the more energy-efficient your home will be.
WHAT DO TYPICAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE?
Typical energy efficiency upgrades include reducing drafts with whole-house air sealing, adding and improving insulation in the attic, walls and basement, improving indoor air quality through ventilation and other health and safety upgrades.