Energy Efficiency & Comfort Services
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An energy audit is the first step to making your home more comfortable and more energy efficient. Your certified energy auditor will examine your home from top to bottom, inside and out, and perform diagnostic tests to pinpoint specific areas where your home is losing energy and causing comfort issues.
Based on the auditor's findings, we'll help you create a priority list of retrofit projects that will maximize your comfort and energy savings with the fastest return on investment. Learn more >>
Home Improvement Services
After your home energy audit has been completed and you've created a home improvement plan, it's time for our service professionals to install the energy-saving and comfort solutions. Your auditor will work with our service teams to make sure the work is done to maximize effectiveness and minimize dangerous or costly side-effects. After all the work has been completed, your energy auditor will re-test your home to make sure that the solutions are saving energy as expected.
While each home is unique and requires its own specific solutions, many homes benefit from one or more of our key services.
Air Sealing a home is one of the most cost-effective ways to make a home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Air leakage through windows, doors, walls, rim bands, floors and ceilings has been shown to increase heating and cooling costs 35-40%.
Unsealed chases and cavities in attics and crawl spaces bring unconditioned and unfiltered air into living areas. Sealing these air leaks will not only make your home more comfortable and energy efficient - it'll improve the quality of the air you breate. Wherever possible, we use environmentally friendly caulks, foam, insulation board, etc., along with good building science to reduce air infiltration. Learn more >>
When most people think of insulation, they think of pink fiberglass insulation (batt insulation). However, modern technology has given us many different types of insulation with various features and efficiencies.
We have insulation that's water-proof, anti-fungal/anti-mold, and high-density insulation, etc. Blown-in insulation is best suited for hard-to-reach places, like inside walls. We also have products that work in conjunction with insulation, such as radiant barriers that reflect heat to keep attics cool, and insulated attic hatches.
Specific situations in your home may require different types of insulation. We understand the building science behind proper insulation, and we'll determine the best type of insulation for your needs and budget. Learn more >>
The quality of the air you breathe can directly affect your family's health. Pollutants and irritants in the air can cause asthma, allergic reactions, constant tiredness, and many more conditions. For your protection, we'll ensure that your home's ventilation equipment is working properly, and your indoor air is clean and fresh.
Did you know that a majority of the air you breathe in your home comes from your crawl space? Moisture and mold can create a musty smell and release toxins that can affect your family's health. Closing your crawl space keeps mold away and converts it into a semi-conditioned dry space - and saves you money on your energy bill. That's just one ventilation solution we'll explore to help keep your family healthy. Learn more >>
Leaky ducts are a leading cause of poor indoor air quality as pollutants are drawn into the system, re-circulated and distributed throughout the house through the heating and cooling systems. Leaky ducts also contribute significantly to a home’s energy loss.
We use Duct Blaster® equipment to pinpoint leakages in the HVAC ductwork and measure sealing success. You will be provided with before and after leakage measurements to guarantee success.
Typical duct renovation also includes straightening or replacing ducts, sealing air handlers with proper materials, hanging ducts where necessary, replacing registers to improve proper air throw and installing basic fresh air systems. Learn more >>
Heating and Cooling (HVAC)
Most likely, your Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) systems are not performing at their optimal level. On average, HVAC systems perform at 60% of their capacity. Older equipment often performs poorly, but even newer models can waste a great deal of energy and cause wear-and-tear on your system that could cause premature failure.
If your Energy Auditor finds that your system is performing poorly, we'll perform comprehensive diagnostic tests to find the specific causes of the problems, and recommend the most appropriate, cost-effective solutions.
Keep in mind that when it comes to HVAC equipment, bigger is usually not better! In fact, equipment that's too big - or too small - for your needs can cause problems, leaving you with comfort issues and high energy bills. We'll do all the measurements and calculations to determine the right size of HVAC equipment for your home. Learn more >>
These services can help increase your comfort, save energy, and improve your home's safety and durability. But the first step is to schedule an energy assessment to find out exactly what home improvement work is required in your home.
We were unaware of what was involved in an energy audit and your audior took the time to explain everything. We were impressed with the report which told us the areas in which we need to take action on. He never pressured us to use any particular contractors, he just suggested that we go to the Building Energy Pros web site to select contractors of our own choice. He did an excellent job and we HIGHLY recommend the Building Energy Pros. We already have recommended them to several of our neighbors. Again, EXCELLENT JOB!
The Building Energy Pros auditor was very knowledgeable. I was VERY HAPPY with him. He promptly E-mailed my energy audit report to me and I will consider all of his recommendations.
We found out that our house really has no energy problems. We are happy to know that we
I was very satisfied with your energy auditor. He was very qualified and spent a great deal of time with me. The energy audit was very informative.
The energy auditor was very good and helpful. He keeps in touch with me to answer any of my questions.
I was very satisfied with my energy audit. The auditor gave me some tips on attic insulation that were very helpful.
I was very satisfied with my energy audit. Thank you!
Very good service! I am going to replace the windows as the auditor had suggested.
I was very happy with the energy audit. THANKS!
My energy audit was very helpful. Joe Dempsey, your auditor, identified some structural problems that I was not aware of and explained to me why I need more insulation.
The auditor was EXCELLENT! He spent ALOT of time with me. I am going to take 3 to 4 of his suggestions and correct these small items to save on my energy bills.
The auditor did a GREAT JOB! He knew a lot about older homes, which we have. The report was very comprehensive. Thank you!
Your energy auditor was very nice and helpful. He answered all of our questions. We will recommend Building Energy Pros to our friends and neighbors.
The auditor did a TERRIFIC JOB! The report was FANTASTIC! I will make all the repairs he suggested. I will definitely recommend him to everyone I know that could benefit from a home energy audit.
Steve Sleigh, Chevy Chase
The energy auditor was very professional and I am very satisfied with both the energy audit and the report I received. I will be referring the Building Energy Pros.
I was very satisfied with the auditor. He was great and gave me some very valuable information. I will refer him to people I know who may need a home energy audit.
Your home energy audit proved to be very informative and helpful. I was not aware of the updraft created inside our walls because of the balloon framing construction. You said that that can cause heat to be pulled out of the house with the draft going up inside the walls and should be re-mediated. You also said that the attic insulation was insufficient and that fiberglass batts can leave spaces for around the edges causing heat loss and that it should have blown in insulation on top of what was there to seal the whole attic and increase the r factor. After going over your findings and telling me how you would fix the problems you told me how I could do it myself with stuff from the Home Center and for a quarter of the cost. Well, I did. I went into the basement and filled the bottom of the wall joist with unfaced insulation where they set on the sill plate. I then cut one inch foam board the size for each space and set it in and the sealed the edges of that with expanding foam as well as the sill plate to the foundation. I also sealed the sill plate to the foundation where the joist ran along it, as well as the top of those joist where it made contact with the subflooring. Next I went to the home center and rented their blown insulation machine and got ten bales of the insulation. I filled the attic on top of the batt insulation with about six inches giving another r-19 factor on top of the r-19 that was there. You said that the blown in would also help seal the heat loss around the edges of the batt. The work in the basement cost $144.00 and the work in the attic cost $328.00. After the 30% federal energy tax credit it will end up costing me about $330.00, which you said I should recover in savings in the first year. Thank You for all your advice and expertise. You made me aware of things I should consider and did.