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From energy audits to full-service home performance contracting, we offer a range of services to help you start making your home a more comfortable, affordable, and environmentally friendly, place to live.



Home Energy Audits

Home Energy Audits: Great Information for Existing Homes

Chances are, you're spending much more on utility bills than you need to be and your house has at least one room that's never comfortable.  Having an energy audit is much like taking your home in for a check up. Like the body, our homes are made up of many complex systems.  When one or more systems has a problem, we get symptoms.  Using the latest technologies we will assess: air leakage in the homes outer shell, air leakage in the duct systems in the home, deficiencies in insulation, the presence and condition of weather stripping in windows and doors, and other opportunities to stop heat loss and reduce energy consumption, while improving the comfort of your home. In addition to recommending fixes to reduce energy, we'll also evaluate air quality isssues, improvements to temperature and lighting comfort. Our comprehensive audit reports will include a prioritized list of potential improvements based on nationally recognized standards and a list or recommendations that will help homeowners make the most cost effective choices when making improvements.

 

 

 

Blower Door Testing

Blower Door Testing

Blower door testing is a way to test the "leakiness" of your home. By depressurizing your home and measuring the rate at which air infiltrates through imperfections in the building envelope, we're able to assess how much energy (and money) is escaping through air leaks.  As part of this process, we will inspect the house with a smoke stick to pinpoint potentially hidden air leaks (making it much easier to address them when the time comes to get to work). We also offer blower door testing as an isolated service to test the effectiveness of improvements that have been made to a home, and to provide homeowners and contractors with a roadmap to further improve a home's efficiency moving forward.

ATTENTION BUILDERS! : This test is now required on all new construction in the state of Georgia.  See the DET tab for more info.

 

 

 

 

Duct Blaster Testing

Duct Blaster Testing

Having your duct systems evaluated with a duct blaster sheds valuable light on the effectiveness of your home's HVAC duct systems.  Good duct sealing is vital to the healthfulness, safety, comfort, and efficiency of a home.  According to the Department of Energy the average house hold experiences duct leakage of 25%.  Sealing the ducts keeps the conditioned air in the system and the unconditioned air out.  This greatly improves the efficiency of the equipment and the quality of air in the system.  Ducts always operate under pressure, so a hole in the ductwork is always a leak.  It's a valuable part of any good home energy audit, and a step that we guarantee to take with thoroughness and precision.

ATTENTION BUILDERS! :  This test is now required on all new construction in the state of Georgia.  See the DET tab for more info.

 

Home Performance Contracting

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Home Performance Contracting

Efficient Energy Solutions can provide the following contracting services:

  • Air sealing attics, basements, crawl spaces, and interior spaces
  • Installing blow-in or spray foam insulation in attics, basements, and crawl spaces
  • Radiant barriers in attics
  • Crawlspace incapsulation
  • Installing energy efficient windows and doors
  • Installing low-e window film
  • Air sealing HVAC duct work
  • HVAC duct work replacement
  • Weather stripping replacement

To address lack of comfort and high utility bills in our existing homes, the goal of HP contracting is to fix your homes specific problems in accordance with the findings of a comprehensive energy audit.  Following the recommendations of the audits, which are set by standardized guidelines, allows you to get the most improvement for your money.  The result is a home that is more comfortable, healthy, and durable to live in.  All while reducing its utility bills and your homes impact on the environment—exactly how a home should be.

Insulation

Insulation

Need insulation in your attic, basement, or crawl space?  We've got you covered.  Whether its fiberglass batts, blown in fiberglass/cellulose or open/closed cell spray foam, we will make sure that the right products are used in accordance with the conditions and your budget.  All applications will be thoroughly examined to insure proper installation so that you get the best results.

Air Sealing

Air Sealing

One of the biggest contributors to uncomfortable rooms, poor indoor air quality and high utility bills is air leaking into and out of your home.  Air infiltration also greatly reduces the effectiveness of insulation.  We not only know where to look, but we also will make sure to apply the proper type of air sealing products so you get the best results that last.

Duct Sealing

Duct Sealing

The average home has 25% duct leakage.  Leaks in ducts traveling from the HVAC units to rooms simply wastes the air your paying to heat or cool to the outside.  Leaks in ducts traveling from room returns back to the HVAC equipment draw air, moisture, allergens and pollutants from outside to be redistributed throughout your home.  Sealing these leaks makes your HVAC equipment operate more efficiently, improving indoor air quality and comfort, while saving you money.

Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Testing

Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Testing

The state now requires that all homes built in Georgia must be tested for air infiltration and the ducts must be tested for leakage.  Here are the requirements according to the state:

  • -  The building envelope must achieve less than 7 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (7 ACH50).
  • -  Duct systems can be tested either at rough in or post-construction with the total leakage test OR at post-construction with the leakage to the outside test.
  • -  Rough-In Total (RIT) Leakage must be less than or equal to 6 CFM25 per 100 square feet of conditioned floor area served by that particular duct system.
  • -  Post-Construction Total (PCT) Leakage must be less than or equal to 12 CFM25 per 100 square feet of conditioned floor area served by that particular duct system.
  • -  Post-Construction Leakage to Outside (PCO) must be less than or equal to 8 CFM25 per 100 square feet of conditioned floor area served by that particular duct system.

These tests must be performed by a certified: HERS Rater, BPI Building Analyst, HPwES Contractor, or DET verfier.

For complete code requirements: click here.  For a sample certificate: click here.

Duct Replacement

Duct Replacement

Some times ducts are located in some really nasty places like crawl spaces.  If the ducts are extemely leaky, they have been drawing all of the nasty air from those places into the systems.  Over time, the ducts can become caked with filth and even become moldy.  Also, in older homes, many of the metal duct systems were not insulated.  By the time you add up the cost of cleaning (if that will even help), sealing, and insulating the ducts, you may find its a better value to just have them replaced.

 

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