At Green Stone Energy, we place a great deal of focus on educating our customers as much as possible on the finer points of energy efficiency and home performance contracting. Here are a handful of the most common questions we receive.
What is home performance?
Home performance refers to how well a home or building operates as a whole, taking into account all its interrelated systems like HVAC, appliances, occupants, climate and more. Through a combination of analyses, design and troubleshooting, building science experts can typically improve home performance through a combination of home upgrades such as insulation, air sealing and new HVAC equipment.
What is a Home Energy Audit?
A home energy audit is a thorough examination of how well your home is currently performing. Energy audits are performed by home performance contractors via visual walkthroughs and the use of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools.
What kind of tools do you use in an energy audit?
While a number of different tools can be used to complete an energy audit, the two most common are a blower door test and an infographic camera, both of which can help to isolate leaks and areas where energy loss is prominent.
What kind of training does your team have to do this work?
Our team is certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI-certified contractors follow strict guidelines and are taught how to perform thorough energy audits from start to finish. Our knowledge and expertise is second to none in Southeastern PA.
Do you offer rebates or incentives for this work?
Yes we do! We’re proud to partner with Energize Delaware, which offers a great variety of rebates on energy efficient home upgrades. We’ll work with you to help you get a significant discount on a home energy audit. For comprehensive details on what incentives are available for which upgrades, please get in touch with our team.
What is indoor air quality?
Indoor air quality refers to the cleanliness of the air that is circulated and delivered to conditioned spaces throughout the home. Also referred to as “IAQ,” indoor air quality can be affected by a number of different factors, including household contaminants, tiny cracks and gaps in the home and more.
How long is the return on investment?
While the return on investment or ROI of an energy audit can depend heavily upon the type of work performed as a result of the findings, many people find that the energy savings they enjoy once the work has been completed is enough to supersede the upfront costs.
Will this work help lower utility bills in the summer as well as the winter?
Yes. Contrary to popular belief, insulation, air sealing and other measures taken to prevent energy loss are just as effective during the summer months of the year as they are when it’s cold outside. In the end, the goal is to keep conditioned air from escaping, and the procedure for doing so is the same no matter what time of year it is.
Should air sealing be done prior to attic insulation?
While insulation and air sealing can both be effective when utilized individually, they combine to create one of the most effective barriers against unwanted air loss for to PA homeowners. The two services work synergistically with one another to improve home comfort and lower energy bills.
Will air sealing help lower utility bills and increase comfort?
Yes. In combination with insulation and whatever other home performance upgrades our building science experts recommend, air sealing will play a major role in increasing indoor comfort, improving air quality and reducing your monthly energy bills. This service is designed to prevent conditioned (heated or cooled) air from leaking out of your home.
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