How to Test Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

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August 1, 2023

Improving your home’s energy efficiency plays a crucial role in reducing your carbon footprint and protecting the environment—but it can also bring many benefits to your home comfort, health and energy costs as well. With a home performance audit from the pros at Wisconsin Home Improvement, we can determine where your home has inefficiencies and help you develop a plan to improve them with services like insulation, air sealing, and more. 

How a Home Performance Audit Works

Through a comprehensive set of tests, Wisconsin Home Improvement can identify areas of energy waste in your home. Our team uses a building science approach along with a variety of tools—like infrared thermal imaging and blower door testing—to help us accurately measure your home’s energy efficiency during a home performance audit. 

Once our tests are complete, we provide you with valuable insight and a list of professional recommendations on how you can make improvements for lower energy bills and a safer, more comfortable home. 

Infrared Thermal Imaging

In order to pinpoint areas with poor insulation and air leaks in your home, Wisconsin Home Improvement uses infrared thermal imaging. This equipment shows temperature differences and allows our team to diagnose common home issues like drafty rooms and ice dams in the winter. 

Blower Door Draft Testing

Did you know that air leaks in a typical home can add up to be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year? With blower door draft testing, our team can find out exactly where energy is escaping your home and provide air sealing services to stop energy waste.

Combustion Safety Testing

If your home uses combustion equipment, like a gas or oil furnace, Wisconsin Home Improvement will perform combustion safety testing to determine if any of your appliances are leaking gasses into your air. Carbon monoxide leaks are both dangerous to your health and indoor air quality and our team wants to ensure that your family stays safe with all of your home’s equipment.

Attic, Basement, and Exterior Assessment

During a home performance audit, we’ll also check your home’s building envelope with an attic, basement, and exterior assessment. These areas are what separate your home from the outdoors, making them susceptible to structural damage as well as mold and moisture issues. During our top-to-bottom inspection, we’ll visually check for symptoms of these issues and more. 

Take the First Step to Energy Efficiency with Wisconsin Home Improvement

Our team takes the guesswork out of energy efficiency and provides a solid understanding of how well your home is currently performing—and a clear pathway to making improvements. In most cases, we can perform a full home performance audit in just 90 minutes! 

In addition to providing you with recommendations for where you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, Wisconsin Home Improvement can also help you find and qualify for rebates and incentives for our home performance services. With our expertise, you’ll be one step closer to a healthier, high-efficiency home.

Schedule your home performance audit with our team today. Call 262.345.9922 or contact us online.

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