More about Indoor Quality
Home Energy Audit
Home comfort and system performance applies current building science to address
the following issues:
Efficient energy use
Efficient energy use, sometimes simply called energy efficiency, is the goal
of efforts to reduce the amount of energy and cost required to operate HVAC,
appliances and lighting while providing cost saving and overall efficiency
within these systems.
That the improvements and or equipment upgrades are quality, and such that they
will provide service in working order for a good number of years.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term referring to the air quality within and around
buildings and structures, specifically as it relates to the health and comfort of
IAQ can be affected by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), gases
(including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds), particulates
or anything in a home that can induce adverse health conditions.
Indoor Air Quality is quickly becoming a concern related to health hazards
that can occur from poor Indoor Air Quality than outdoor air. Using ventilation
to dilution, filtration, and source control are the primary methods involved for
improving indoor air quality in most homes.
Related to temperature control within a home. Having the right temperture is not only
comfortable, it is a healthy way to exist in a home. When temperatures in different
parts of a home exist, there are generally issues with homes distribution system or
flue system. These problems need to be considered when having an energy audit.
Indoor Moisture Sources
A cracked foundation or cracks in basement walls contribute to excessive moisture
in a home. An elevated humidity condition in a home can cause a myriad of health issues.
Excess humity can contribute to mold growth, which left unchecked and susequently
remediated, can cause severe health problems.
A professional home performance energy audit results in home energy retrofit
recommendations to improve the comfort and efficiency of the home, the most
common of which include:
- Sealing air holes and gaps in the building envelope and subsequently adding insulation
- Sealing ducts
- Upgrading heating and cooling systems, appliances and lighting by replacing them
with energy efficient ENERGY STAR appliances or devices, compact fluorescent lamps,
or LED lamps
- Adding heat recovery ventilation or other means to control and upgrade fresh air ventilation
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