An energy assessment takes a comprehensive whole-house approach to improve your home’s energy efficiency, increasing overall comfort and saving you money on energy bills. Our Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified experts start with a Home Performance Energy Assessment available through all of the major Pennsylvania Utilities.
A home assessment is similar to having a physical exam by your doctor when you don’t feel well. The physician gathers information by performing a series of tests, provides a diagnosis and recommends a plan to help you feel better.
The energy assessment is a review of the current condition of your home using state-of-the-art tests, including thermal imaging and a blower door test to evaluate the air leakage of your home.
A complete report shows your home’s energy usage across its heating, cooling, electrical and hot water systems, and how much of this consumption is wasted. It includes recommendations on ways to increase your home’s energy usage through insulation, air sealing, HVAC upgrades and other energy-saving methods. You choose which upgrades are best for you, your home and your budget.
Benefits of an Energy Assessment:
The best part is that many rebates and incentives are available through your utility company to possibly offset the cost.
Our team checks your windows, door frames, attics, ceilings, walls, heating, and cooling systems to pinpoint every area of energy loss.
We discuss our findings with you and determine the best course of action to improve efficiency.
Next we will make the repairs and improvements that you and our team have discussed. Any work we do in your home is to improve your home's comfort, health and safety, durability, and efficiency, while saving you money and energy.
We will perform a secondary audit to validate that our work achieved the desired results, making your home more energy efficient.
Elite AEW’s team of Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified experts will conduct a thorough assessment of your home’s energy usage and efficiency. You will be notified in advance of who will be visiting your home and you can learn more about them here.
Introduction and Pre Audit Discussion – the assessor will start by introducing themselves and explaining the audit process. They may ask you about any specific concerns or problem areas you’ve noticed in your home.
Appliance and Lighting Check – the assessor will inspect your appliances and lighting to identify any outdated or inefficient models that could be upgraded to more energy-efficient options.
Walkthrough and Visual Inspection – the assessor will conduct a visual inspection of your entire home, both inside and outside. This includes checking for drafts, insulation levels, the condition of windows and doors, and the overall state of your heating, cooling, and ventilation systems.
Thermal Imaging – the assessor will use thermal imaging cameras to detect temperature variations and locate areas of heat loss or air infiltration.
Insulation Inspection – the assessor will ispect the insulation levels in your attic, walls, and floors to determine if they meet recommended standards.
Heating and Cooling System Assessment – the assessor will examine your heating and cooling systems, including the furnace, air conditioner, and ductwork, which will be inspected for efficiency, condition, and any issues that may affect performance.
Air Duct Inspection – the assessor will check your ductwork for leaks, which can lead to energy waste and reduced system efficiency.
Data Collection – throughout the assessment, the auditor will collect data on various aspects of your home’s energy usage, insulation levels, and equipment specifications.
Blower Door Test – the assessor will complete a blower door test is conducted which involves sealing off one exterior door and using a special fan to depressurize or pressurize your home. This test helps identify air leaks and drafts.
Utility Bill Review – the assessor will review your utility bills to get a better understanding of your energy consumption patterns. Elite AEW is partnered with all the Major Utilities in PA and Maryland and can help with potential Rebates and Federal Tax Incentives.
Interview and Discussion – the assessor may ask you questions about your energy usage habits and any comfort issues you’ve experienced in your home.
No, the assessor will discuss your budget and assist you in prioritizing the recommendations based on urgency and potential savings. Their recommendations can be valuable in helping you make an informed decision about which energy-efficient upgrades are good for your home. You choose which upgrades are best for you, your home, and your budget.
Yes! The best part is that many rebates and incentives are available through your utility company to possibly offset the cost. To qualify for the incentives, however, you must use an approved contractor like Elite AEW to complete the work. Our assessors will help you qualify for the incentives.
When you choose to have Elite AEW complete your energy-saving upgrades, you will receive a Test Out to validate that our work achieved the desired results making your home more energy efficient. This information is shared with the participating utility to ensure the work performed meets the BPI standards and goals. All work performed by Elite AEW through a Utility partner is subject to a third-party QCI (Quality Control Inspection) which adds an additional level of confidence to you that the job is completed to the highest standards.