The experts at Dolphin Insulation explain why an “energy audit” is the starting point.
Online PR News – 14-February-2013 –Dolphin Insulation, a Boston Insulation Contractor has been servicing homeowners in eastern Massachusetts for many years; making homes much more comfortable in all seasons. However, many consumers wonder about how to start the process of insulating a home and lowering heating costs;
An energy audit is the industry norm for checking a home’s energy efficiency. Chris and Amanda Alphen of Dolphin Insulation, outside of Boston have these items for homeowners to consider:
Bring in an Energy Specialist: The experts from Dolphin know it is important to have the whole house analyzed. Dolphin uses a blower door test to check draft efficiency of the home. Looks for air leaks with a thermal imaging camera and ensures the CO2 level of the home is safe using a combustion analyzer.
What can be found during an Energy Audit: Whether from drafty windows, poor duct insulation, lack of insulation in older or converted beach homes or the accumulation of poor seals around outdoor faucets, recessed lights and the like, the homeowner is paying to heat and cool the air in the home, yet much of it is escaping - costing money.
The Process of an Audit: The end result is to analyze the home’s energy efficiency and show the homeowner weaknesses in the thermal barrier of the home. A poor thermal barrier is a frequent culprit for money literally going up the chimney like smoke.
Get a Written Proposal: A professional’s mark will be in the thoroughness of the quote. It will explain the material, scope of work, why that particular work is being done and the price. Make sure any change to the scope of work has the homeowner’s approval and a specific price for that change is added to the estimate. Check and ask questions.
“The home consists of many characteristics that make it whole. A whole house audit is just that. It encompasses attic to basement, and will save money if the audit’s recommendations are acted upon,” states Chris Alphen, owner of Dolphin Insulation.
More valuable information for homeowners can be found in this educational video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTfxOBpEjzI
About Dolphin Insulation:
Dolphin Insulation is located outside of Boston in Littleton, Massachusetts. The insulation contractor offers a number of services including insulation, air sealing and whole house systems. All team members are schooled and certified through the Building Performance Institute and understand that a home is a system and needs to work together with other parts of the home. Dolphin Insulation is a family-owned and operated business. Find out more at: http://www.dolphin-insulation.com/ or 800-987-8815.