What Is a Building Performance Evaluation?

Your home’s thermal envelope plays a huge role in energy efficiency. Without a tight seal, the warm air in Phenix City, Alabama, will make its way into your home, and conditioned air will make its way out. Your HVAC system will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature, driving up your heating and cooling costs. Take the first step toward improving your home’s thermal envelope by scheduling a building performance evaluation.

Tests Used to Evaluate Building Performance

At Indoor Solutions, we use a variety of tests to evaluate building performance. The most common, though, is a blower door test. During this test, we place blower door fans in exterior doorways. These fans direct air outward while our technicians use smoke pencils to find gaps and cracks through which air can enter your home. We also use handheld pressure gauges and manometers for more precise readings.

In commercial buildings and large homes, a blower door test may not be practical. In that case, we can use thermographic imaging services to find places where conditioned air is escaping.

Benefits of a Building Performance Evaluation

By identifying the weak spots in your home’s thermal envelope, a building performance evaluation gives you the information you need to make your home more energy-efficient. You’ll also benefit from our whole-home approach and the expertise of a trained HVAC technician, who can help you address any problems uncovered during the evaluation. For instance, you may find that you need to add insulation to your attic, install weatherstripping to exterior doorways, or replace the caulk around your windows.

Improving your home’s airtightness will make your home more comfortable by eliminating drafts. Other perks include better humidity control, better soundproofing, and fewer insects invading your space. Fortunately, any upgrades tend to pay for themselves over time by lowering your monthly energy bills. The EPA estimates that a typical home in Climate Zone 3, which includes most of Alabama and Georgia, can save 14 percent on heating and cooling costs through home sealing and insulating.

To schedule your building performance evaluation, call Indoor Solutions today at 706-225-8241.

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