Home Energy Assessment

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What happens during a comprehensive home energy assessment?

Watch an assessment in process to see how it works, and how one homeowner gained valuable insights.
Click Here to watch video, this is a very informative video on NYSERDA website that goes through the steps of a Home Assessment and what to expect.

Home EnergyA Comprehensive Home Energy Assessment is like a doctor’s check-up for your home. It’s an opportunity to give your home a thorough examination to see if there are any areas that could be improved. It’s also provides a chance for homeowners to identify problems or discomfort they may be feeling. In this instance, Zerodraft is the home energy doctor and we are gladly accepting new customers to help.

In your home assessment, we go into great detail, providing room-by-room examinations. We also take a close look at your exterior structure and check your vitals; like your past utility bills, window seals and door seals.

In one test, we perform a blower door procedure. It’s the equivalent of taking your home’s “pressure.” A powerful fan mounts to the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the pressure inside, and then we check the results. The higher the outside pressure, the more unsealed cracks and openings you have which often results in air loss and high energy bills.

We’ll also give your home an x-ray, also referred to as a thermographic scan. We use special cameras that use color and heat sensors to determine exactly where the heat loss is coming from. Then a plan of action can be determined.

Like any good doctor’s visit, Zerodraft will ask lots of questions to get to know you and your house better. We’ll ask questions like:

  • Do you experience drafty rooms?
  • Do you experience condensation inside and feel comfortable?
  • What are the home’s yearly energy bills?
  • Is anyone home during working hours?
  • What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?
  • How many people live in the home?
  • Is every room in the home used?

Zerodraft can produce a comprehensive report of your home’s energy usage and proposed improvements to the existing conditions using data from your utility company, the information gathered in the audit, and state-of-the-art residential energy analysis software. With these tools, we can build a performance package tailored to your specific needs and provide you with a reliable estimate on how much money (in energy savings) the proposals will save you each year. Most of our comprehensive air sealing and insulation packages pay for themselves in less than ten years.

Believe it or not, every aspect of this detailed exam or assessment will help to uncover simple ways to reduce your energy consumption and save you money.