Home Performance Assessments in Bellingham, Mount Vernon & Everett, WA and the Surrounding Areas
With qualified and experienced inspectors Home Performance Assessments in Bellingham, Mount Vernon & Everett, WA will pinpoint the cause of many problems that lead to an uncomfortable home. Barron Heating provides state of the art inspections, testing, and analysis of your home with the latest cutting-edge equipment. Our equipment and expertise allow us to make an accurate analysis of your home.
Your home is likely the biggest investment that you will make; getting Home Performance Assessments in Bellingham, Mount Vernon & Everett, WA can ensure it operates efficiently, comfortably and safely. A Home Performance Assessment can result in utility bill savings between 20 and 50 percent; with the ever-rising cost of utilities, the potential savings grow each year. Additional benefits are your home’s improved indoor air quality, reduction of dust problems, and an evenly heated home.
During Home Performance Assessments in Bellingham, Mount Vernon & Everett, WA we view each Home as a System; there are many parts that all must operate efficiently in order for the home to be wholly efficient.
Utility Bill Analysis
Analyzing 12-24 months of utility bills is a powerful way of determining where you are spending money on power to operate your home. The home is a very complicated system and without knowing where your utility dollars are going, it’s impossible to know what will give you the best return on investment. Barron can help by creating a baseline utility cost to compare energy-saving investments.
Perform an Infiltrometer Test
The Blower door is a very powerful diagnostic tool designed to measure the airtightness of buildings (homes) and to help locate air leakage pathways. Building airtightness measurements are used for a variety of purposes including:
- Documenting the construction airtightness of buildings.
- Estimating natural infiltration rates of houses.
- Measuring and documenting the effectiveness of air sealing activities.
- Measuring duct leakage in forced air distribution systems.
Thermographic Imaging – IR Cameras
Using thermographic imaging, we can see right through your walls to locate trouble areas. Infrared Thermography is the latest most sophisticated analytical tool in the energy auditor’s toolkit. However, the tool is only as good as the operator and at Barron Heating we use the latest state of the art Fluke Thermal I.R. Cameras. Thermal cameras are a powerful tool in viewing wall cavity insulation, ceiling insulation, moisture related issues or problems. Used in conjunction with the Blower Door, this tool is very powerful in locating voids in the thermal boundary of the home.
Duct Leakage and Repair
Air leakage in forced air duct systems is now recognized as a major source of energy waste in both new and existing houses and commercial buildings. Why is duct leakage important? Studies indicate that duct leakage can account for as much as 25% of total house energy loss, and in many cases has a greater impact on energy use than air infiltration through the building shell. In many light commercial buildings, duct leakage is often the single largest cause of performance and comfort problems.
Indoor Humidity and Moisture Control
Moisture can lead to mold, and mold can affect your health. Moisture Analysis is a very important and is an often overlooked step in the energy analysis. Moisture issues often cause more problems to the homeowner, because the problems generally are hidden or the homeowner does not realize how bad the situation really is. Over time, moisture can lead to health and building durability issues.
Combustion Gas Analysis
Analyzing flue gas at the hot water heater and other fossil fuel appliances. Combustion Analysis and combustion safety are one of the main focal points in the energy audit. Many times homeowners are unaware that they have problems with their combustion equipment (e.g. furnace, water heater, clothes dryer and gas stove). These items have not been serviced on a routine basis and these items require makeup air to operate efficiently and safely.
Weatherization is the final piece of the puzzle of your energy audit. The energy audit creates a map of your home and allows the weatherization work to be done in the most cost-effective manner. Once the energy analysis report is compiled, the homeowner will be presented with a comprehensive report that will outline the most cost-effective path for the weatherization work. The report will include all of the information from the energy audit analysis, along with a list of weatherization and energy retrofits.
Breathe easier – Indoor Air Quality
Be sure that your home has fresh, clean air through proper ventilation. Indoor Air Quality is one of the top health and safety items involved in an energy audit. Most homes are leaking enough air that indoor air quality does not come in to play with regards to minimum ventilation requirements. However, there are still contaminants that enter the home through moisture related issues, air from attics and crawl spaces, along with hazardous materials stored in the basement or throughout the home.