Uses whole-house pressurization to identify and isolate the worst areas
of air infiltration and heat loss.
Targets heat loss with 100% accuracy. Note the heat emitting from the foundation,
chimney and windows.
Ensures safe operation and measures heating efficiency.
Every home, both new and
old, has areas of energy efficiency that can be improved. The challenge
is to find the deficiencies. Where are the greatest sources of heat loss,
air infiltration and damaging moisture in your house? And how should
they be addressed?
MAINE HOME ENERGY can find the problem
areas in your home and recommend SMART solutions for
your COMFORT and SAFETY.
Home Energy Performance Evaluation
The answers are often tough to find and the cost of the solutions can
be difficult to quantify. A home energy performance evaluation is not
as simple as merely recommending another layer of insulation to the attic.
Your home is a building with inter-related systems that need to be analyzed
as a whole to correctly diagnose where – and how – to focus your improvement
efforts. Each house is unique and the dynamics of heat, air and moisture
must all be considered when contemplating any potential energy-efficiency
Heat, Air, and Moisture
For instance, a house with a wet basement and a drafty attic may develop
a serious mold/mildew problem if the attic is air-sealed and insulated
but the basement moisture is not addressed. The problem of heat loss
will simply evolve to one of air quality, endangering the health of the
The dynamics of HEAT, AIR and MOISTURE must all
be considered when contemplating any potential energy-efficiency improvement.
Reduce Your Costs, Increase Your Comfort
An insulation contractor may recommend more insulation. A building contractor
might suggest an expensive retrofit to the foundation. A plumber might
try to sell you a new furnace. A qualified energy auditor, however, will
holistically analyze your entire house and show you how to reduce your
costs and increase your comfort while maintaining or improving the safety
of your home.
Maine Home Energy uses state-of-the-art tools such as an infrared camera
to target heat loss with 100% accuracy, and a blower door to use pressurization
to identify and isolate the worst areas of air infiltration in the building.
These tools help our auditors guide the homeowner through the process
of prioritizing which improvements will yield the greatest return on
their investment, which ones cost the least, and which are critical to
the well-being of the residents.
What is an Energy Audit and How Much Does it Cost?
An energy audit allows you to understand how to improve the efficiency,
comfort and safety of your building. After consulting with you about
your home and the residents’ living habits, a Maine Home Energy auditor
will thoroughly inspect your home to assess the effectiveness of the
current thermal and vapor barriers of the building shell as well as the
function and safety of all heating systems within. All features of your
home will be recorded and measured, with all data then input to our building
evaluation software, allowing us to provide you with a thorough analysis
and report that includes a summary of the current state, recommendations
for improvement and heat loss/savings calculations.
There are three levels of energy performance evaluations available:
- Energy audit including infrared scan, full safety inspection and
summary report: $295
- Energy audit including infrared scan, blower
door depressurization, full safety inspection and summary report:
- Energy audit including infrared scan, blower door depressurization,
full safety inspection and computer modeling/detailed report: $495
The physical inspection process, including infrared examination and
blower-door pressurization, normally takes four to five hours. For residential
structures up to 3200 sq. ft. of living space, the cost of the audit
— inspection, analysis and report — is provided above, plus any extraordinary
expenses, travel costs, and/or post-remediation follow-up testing, if
applicable. The value of the information far exceeds the price of the
audit, not to mention the cost of living with the status quo. Why wait
another season when you can better understand the function of your building
and the keys to efficiently improving your home today?
A Maine Home Energy Audit will help you to:
• lower your heating, cooling and overall energy costs
• improve the health and safety of your house
• increase your personal comfort
• enhance the durability of your building and its systems
• reduce your carbon footprint
• increase the value of your home
MAINE HOME ENERGY
23 Brookwood Drive
North Yarmouth, Maine 04097