WHY SHOULD I START MY HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WITH AN ENERGY AUDIT?
Consumers Reports and ENERGY STAR both recommend starting your home improvement project with a certified home energy assessment for the following reasons:
- Evaluate all the systems of your home to understand how they impact your comfort
- Ensure you install the best energy efficiency improvement for the investment
- Confirm the health and safety of your home along with the energy efficiency
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR ECOTELLIGENT HOME ENERGY AUDIT
Ecotelligent Homes’ award-winning energy audit is among the most thorough evaluations in the Metro Detroit area, providing clear and actionable next steps to improving the comfort, health, and energy efficiency of your home. Our comprehensive home energy audits and assessments provide you with the best solution for reducing your energy use.
A Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified energy auditor will come to your home and perform the energy assessment following our COVID-19 Safety Protocols. Home Energy Audits typically include all of the following in a single 3-4 hour appointment:
- Visual inspections of your attics, crawl spaces and basements for insulation and ventilation
- Health and safety tests for natural gas leaks and carbon monoxide testing in your furnace and water heater exhaust
- Efficiency evaluations of your heating and cooling equipment and ductwork system
- Blower door testing to measure the total amount of drafts in your home and compare to indoor air quality standards
- Thermal infrared scans to identify missing or flawed insulation and to locate the source of your drafts and air leaks
- Indoor air quality testing by a certified Healthy Homes Evaluator
- Clear and concise presentation of the findings comparing your home to ENERGY STAR standards
- Three detailed quotes for Ecotelligent Homes to install the insulation, HVAC, or renewable energy solutions for your home
- Details on available energy efficiency rebates, tax credits, and financing
IS IT BETTER TO WORK WITH AN INDEPENDENT ENERGY AUDITOR OR A HOME PERFORMANCE CONTRACTOR?
Ecotelligent Homes is a home performance contractor, which means we are a one-stop-shop and we manage the project from start to finish. We follow a three-step process when assessing and improving the comfort, health, and energy efficiency of your home.
Step 1: Identify Energy Improvements
Our certified staff perform energy audits and use their building science background to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to solve your home’s specific issues.
Step 2: Install the Improvements
Our licensed and trained team installs those improvements like insulation, heating and cooling equipment and renewable energy systems.
Step 3: Quality Assurance Check
Our certified staff performs a quality assurance check (basically another energy audit) to confirm the quality of the install and the health and safety of your home.
Independent energy auditors, on the other hand, do not install improvements. They rely on the homeowner to act as a general contractor to coordinate all the skilled trades. You don’t take your car to one mechanic for diagnosis and then relay the message to another mechanic for the repair, so why would you do that with your home?
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THE ECOTELLIGENT DIFFERENCE
Ecotelligent Homes is a home performance contractor, which means we are a one-stop-shop and we manage the project from start to finish. We follow a three-step process when assessing and improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.