The audit process starts off by addressing any concerns with the comfort of your home. We ask the homeowner(s) where they believe there may be cold spots, drafts and heat loss. Once we have an idea of the homeowners’ concerns, we will go ahead and check the following house components:
Basement/ Crawl Space
While most homeowners understand the importance of insulation, they often overlook one of the greatest areas of winter heat loss. A common misconception is that “heat rises.” While that is true to a certain extent, heat always travels from a warmer environment to a colder one. This means that your basement or crawl space walls, if uninsulated, have no way of keeping heat from escaping through them. Insulating your basement or crawl space correctly can save you up to 30% on your gas bill and keep those floors warm in the wintertime.
Attic insulation in any home is extremely important. It can keep your home warm in the winter and cool on those hot summer days. Attic insulation is often the most cost-effective way to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Exterior wall insulation may not exist in your home if it was built before 1960. This means you could be losing as much as 40% of your heating and cooling right out your exterior walls. Exterior wall insulation can help you reduce heat loss, save you money, improve the overall efficiency of your house and help soundproof your home as well.
A high-efficiency gas furnace will make your home more comfortable, improve its value and save you money on your gas bill every month. Depending on the age of your current furnace, you can expect to save 15-35% annually on your furnace’s fuel cost.
An energy-efficient Air Conditioning (AC) unit can reduce you electricity bills by up to 30% and keep you home cool and comfortable in those hot summer months.
Old windows and doors can often be very drafty and allow air to escape through them, which costs you more than necessary on your heating and cooling bills. Simple solutions such as caulking around frames and putting plastic over windows in winter can help make the home more comfortable and save you money. With a blower door-assisted air test from LGES, you can pinpoint areas where you can reduce your air loss.
At the end of the audit process, we determine which repairs, upgrades and replacements produce the best combination of comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency. We rely on our extensive hands-on experience and specific home performance training. With all of that combined, we produce a detailed report indicating which upgrades are the most beneficial for your home and the savings you can expect once they have been installed.