DURING A HOME INSPECTION
A professional home inspection is an independent, unbiased review of your home based on a large amount of factors. I use the latest thermal imaging systems, high density moisture scanners, leak detection devices, electrical testing devices, and other testing tools to be able to get the most accurate picture of your homes condition.
Depending on the size and condition of the home, a full home inspection will usually take between two and three hours. If you have the time, it’s always a good idea to accompany me during the inspection, so that you have visual reinforcement of our suggestions. I encourage you questions and address your concerns as we walk through the home together. If you don’t have the time to participate in the inspection, you will still know the true condition of your home after the inspection is completed. I always create a detailed written report documenting all of our findings and in most cases can send you the report the day of the inspection. I am always available to answer any questions you may have after the inspection is completed.
DURING AN ENERGY AUDIT
A professional energy audit is an independent, unbiased review of your home energy usage and systems. I use professional equipment such as blower doors, duct blasters, combustion analyzers, infrared cameras and other tools, with the aim to suggest the best ways to improve energy efficiency in heating and cooling the house and make sure your home does not have any safety hazards.
An energy audit of a home may involve recording various characteristics of the building envelope including the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, and skylights. For each of these components the area and resistance to heat flow is measured or estimated. The leakage rate or infiltration of air through the building envelope is of concern, both of which are strongly affected by window construction and quality of door seals and air sealing. The goal of this exercise is to quantify the building's overall thermal performance. The audit may also assess the efficiency and condition of your mechanical systems such as the heating, ventilation, air conditioning equipment, thermostats, etc.
A home energy audit is often used to identify cost effective ways to improve the comfort and efficiency of buildings. In addition, homes may qualify for energy efficiency rebates form local utility providers (e.g. DTE or Consumers Energy). A written report is provided with all Energy Audits.
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