There’s a reason why teachers don’t let their students grade their own tests. They may cut corners, exaggerate numbers and miss mistakes. The same is true with home energy audits – it’s in your best interest to hire a third-party inspector to check out your home.
What are Home Energy Audits?
Home energy audits are usually the first step to learning the necessary improvements to make your home more efficient and comfortable. A home energy expert will come to your home and talk to you about your heating and cooling habits, what you’re noticing around your house and discuss any problem areas. Through an inspection of your entire home, inside and out, the energy auditor will identify air leaks and weak insulation points. They’ll measure the temperature of various areas of your home and conduct safety and efficiency tests on appliances like your oven, furnace and water heater.
After the inspection and tests are completed, the home energy auditor will recommend products and services that can improve your home’s efficiency and lower your energy bills. They can even help you apply for rebates and special financing.
Sounds great right?
Hire a third-party inspector.
Insulation can be a dirty business. Literally and figuratively. To some insulation companies, it’s more important to make the sale than to form solid relationships. As a family-owned, second-generation company that’s been in business for more than 50 years – our largest source of business is through referrals and repeat customers. We approach each home as an opportunity to do what’s right to make homes comfortable, efficient and safe – and build a long-term relationship.
Before we embark on an insulation project, we help you find a reputable third-party inspector to complete your home’s energy audit. The energy audit gives us a solid workplan for improvements needed for your home. Then, after the insulation work is completed, the inspector comes back, takes new measurements, and provides us BOTH with feedback on the performance of the work. This gives us both validation of a job well done – and also the paperwork you need to apply for programs like Focus on Energy®.
Many companies have their own home energy auditor on staff … whose best interest may not be with you, the homeowner, but instead with their colleagues, sales goals and yearly bonuses. And this is exactly why we don’t have an energy auditor on staff: because our customers deserve honest, quality work at a fair price.