A Detroit Home Energy Audit will tell you exactly where your home is leaking energy and help you target the trouble spots. Our Detroit Home Energy Audit includes digital and infrared photos along with documentation to help you determine the best course of action for improving your home's energy efficiency. The Detroit Home Energy Audit is a whole house health, comfort, and energy efficiency checkup of your home. It is a thorough evaluation of your house and it’s central heating and cooling system. Your Detroit home is actually a huge part of your heating and cooling system and plays a very large roll in your comfort level.
There are plenty of reasons to get a Home Energy Audit completed on your Detroit home. Here are just a few:
A specially trained Comfort Consultant will visit your Michigan home, using advanced diagnostic instruments and testing procedures, and will identify problems that affect your indoor living environment. Your consultant will then provide you with a personalized plan to solve these problems, permanently.
Your checkup starts with an initial interview with your Comfort Consultant. Your input provides valuable information, such as whether any rooms feel clammy when the air conditioner is running, or if any parts of the house need to be dusted more often than others. We encourage all of the adults in your home to participate in this initial consultation since everyone’s perception of comfort and indoor air quality is unique.
The inspection begins with your heating and cooling equipment. Is it efficient, dependable and safe? Your consultant will visually inspect your equipment for any signs of deterioration, improper installation, or insufficient maintenance. He will let you know the average life span of your type of equipment. He will also evaluate your system’s air filtration and purification efficiency, to determine if improvements would better clean your indoor air.
Even the best heating and cooling system will have trouble keeping you comfortable or will cost more to run if you don’t have proper insulation. Your consultant will visually inspect insulation levels throughout your home and determine if they meet current recommended levels. More importantly, he will look for hidden defects, such as hollow wall cavities, that allow air and heat to bypass your insulation. Attic ventilation will also be checked.
All houses should have some air leakage but most leak too much. Symptoms of excessive leakage include uneven temperatures throughout the house, high utility bills, excessive dust, cold drafts, dry air in the winter, and clammy air in the summer. On the other hand some homes are too airtight and may have unhealthy and stale indoor air. To measure a homes air tightness, Department of Energy scientists at Princeton University invented the blower door instrument. It is often featured in magazines and on television, including National Geographic, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, and This Old House.
Infiltrometer Blower Door Test
Using an Infiltrometer (a computerized blower door system) your consultant will evaluate how leaky or airtight your entire home is, and where improvements can be made. Not all air leaks are created equal. From an indoor air quality standpoint, those around your windows and doors are good leaks, since they let in fresh outdoor air. Bad leaks let in dusty, moldy or polluted air from your attic, garage, or crawl space. Leaky air ducts often bring in dirty air, and cause your heating and cooling equipment to perform well below peak efficiency. As part of the infiltrometer blower door test, your consultant will pinpoint where your home's worst air leaks are, and where improvements can be made.
Air Leakage Evaluation
With the use of an Infrared camera we are able to see through the walls and see hot or cold spots. Having this ability helps us to determine whether there is adequate insulation or whether there are other problems that are not visible to the naked eye.
Infrared Camera Inspection
If your air duct system has hidden design flaws or blockages, your air flow will be restricted or unevenly distributed. This wastes your money and can make your home uncomfortable. Studies conducted for electric utilities nationwide show that over 66% of air conditioners suffer from this problem. Your consultant will conduct static pressure tests - like a blood pressure check for your ducts - to reveal any hidden blockages or design problems.
Air Flow Diagnosis
Do you have rooms that are hard to heat or cool? There are economical solutions. Your consultant will use an air flow capture hood to measure precisely how much conditioned air is getting to those rooms (provided the supply vents are accessible). If air flow is low, the causes will be determined, and appropriate solutions will be prescribed.
Electronic Air Flow Capture Hood Test
Once the inspection and testing are complete, your consultant will explain the results, and give you a prioritized plan of recommended improvements. Many such as adding insulation or weather-stripping - can be performed by homeowners as weekend projects. Other improvements may require professionals. Upon request, your consultant will prepare a proposal for repairs thatMechanical Heating & Cooling can perform, and can recommend other contractors for services we do not offer.
Personalized Improvement Plan
During your Whole House Health, Energy Efficiency, and Comfort Checkup, you will learn how to:
Call today to arrange a Whole House Health, Comfort, and Rnergy Savings Checkup for your home. Or Click here to watch a video on the Check-up
Mechanical Heating & Cooling offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on the Whole House Health & Comfort Checkup. Upon completion of your Checkup, If you did not find the service worthwhile then you don't pay for the checkup!
The systems you now use or choose to have installed may qualify for energy effficiency savings.
Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credits (EESA -2009) Updated to include 2009 Stimulus Plan Incentives.
Click here to learn which investments and improvements qualify for up to hundreds of dollars in tax rebates. Some are retroactive to 2008, others are available through 2016.
Additional State, Local and Utility Incentives
Click here or on the image below and then on your state to learn about additional energy savings for which you may qualify.