Home Systems

There are many different systems at work within your home or building, each operating at the same time, each with its own set of potential deficiencies. Each system can affect the performance of the property. Identifying what they are, what they're capable of, and whether or not they need to be repaired or replaced is a necessary next step in our Home Energy Audits.

These systems include:

  • Hot water heaters (showers, laundry, cooking and cleaning)
  • Heating and cooling (interior comfort via moisture management and air distribution)
  • Appliances (dishwasher, refrigerator, washer and dryer)
  • Spot ventilation or exhaust (cooking, drying clothes, showering – exhausting stale air and moisture)
  • Whole-house ventilation (ERV, HRV, Air cycler – introduces fresh air)

A quick look at these percentages shows that quick fixes and simple solutions will not fully get the job done. Simply changing out your windows or replacing your HVAC, as many companies suggest, are an impractical uses of your time and money. It makes more sense to examine the house as a system, using a comprehensive Home Energy Audit, which will address all issues simultaneously, and maximize the overall efficiency of system components. Doing this has been shown to reduce energy bills by 30-60%.

Examining all components simultaneously, and making sure they work properly and in unison with each other is the easiest way to save money and preserve energy. With years of experience performing Energy Assessments and Retrofitting homes, we've gained a thorough knowledge of what it takes for your home to reach its full performance potential. Our well-trained staff, in addition to our allied contractors, will help you make the improvements necessary, from start to finish.

Some of the important Diagnostic Tools that Elm Energy Group Consultants use to diagnosis your buildings and homes are listed below. These are only part of our “structural medical devices” that allow us to be your home’s doctor and inform you of its current and projected health.

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