Home Energy Assessment
The Home Assessment is designed to pinpoint sources of high energy consumption and health and comfort issues such as air leaks, insufficient insulation, moisture, defective ducts, gas leaks, ventilation, and inefficient lighting and appliances. Our advisors thoroughly inspect, test safety check, and evaluate all the components of the home, treating it as a completely integrated system, instead of just four walls and appliances.
During a Comprehensive Home Energy Assessment, a certified & trained Home Performance Advisor should conduct a variety of tests customized for your home, including:
- Utility Bill Analysis — to determine usage patterns and look for ways to reduce looking at your electric and gas (or oil or propane) consumption
- Blower Door Test — to measure and locate all the sources of air leaks in your home
- Infrared Scan — to identify hidden defects including insulation gaps, air leakage, duct leakage, and moisture issues
- Visual Inspection — to find evidence of problems affecting the durability of your house
- Insulation Inspection — to determine insulation levels in various areas of your home’s shell
- Attic Inspection — to identify evidence of maintenance problems, verify insulation, check for moisture damage to roof from attic side.
- Furnace, Boiler, Air Conditioner, Heat Pump, and Hot Water Equipment Inspection — to examine the overall condition of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment.
In most homes, the assessment procedure should take about two hours and create minimal disruption to your regular household routine. A comprehensive assessment should also include a full "test out" conducted after all the improvements are installed. This will ensure the best results and ensure the safety of your home.
Heating & Cooling
Boehmer Heating and Cooling can help you find the right equipment: furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, heat pumps, and more. But that is only a small part of the service.
We make sure the equipment is properly sized and installed so you get the performance, comfort, and savings you deserve.
Insulation & Air Sealing
Many air leaks and drafts are easy to find because they are easy to feel — like those around windows and doors. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawlspaces are more difficult and a bigger problem. Boehmer Heating and Cooling will seal all penetrations that exist.
By insulating & air sealing first, you will make your home more comfortable and reduce your utility bills for years to come. Plus, you’ll be able to install a smaller furnace or air conditioner when it’s time to replace that equipment, saving you even more. A comprehensive energy assessment will scientifically determine how much air leakage exists in your home and the current insulation levels and quality of installation––and how you can improve.
Duct Sealing & Replacement
Our certified technicians are experts in sealing your home’s ducts to optimize air flow. Ductwork must be well sealed, insulated, and balanced to ensure your home’s heating and cooling systems work as efficiently as possible. Most homes have leaky ductwork and insufficient air flow, which results in an uncomfortable living environment — regardless of the thermostat setting. A duct system that is properly sealed can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and deliver cleaner air.
Hot Water Systems
Water heating is the second largest energy end use in homes, behind space heating and cooling.
Heating water accounts for approximately 15 percent of a home’s energy use. High efficiency water heaters use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard models, saving homeowners money on their utility bills. Our advisors can help you determine which water heater is best for your home.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Poor ventilation increases pollutant levels. Sources that emit gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of IAQ problems in homes. Poor ventilation can increase levels of these pollutant levels by not directing them outside and by not bringing in enough "fresh" outdoor air to dilute indoor pollutants. High temperature and humidity can also play a role. Indoor air pollutants can cause a variety of health problems including irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, asthma, and even eventually respiratory disease, cancer, and heart disease. Our staff have been trained to diagnose the indoor air quality of your home and properly treat it.
In the average U.S. home, lighting accounts for about 20 percent of the electric bill. Changing to
ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting is a bright idea if you want a quick and easy way to save money and energy. Boehmer Heating and Cooling always recommends replacing the lighting in high–use areas with low energy–consuming lights and fixtures. These include the kitchen ceiling lights, the living or family room table and floor lamps, and outdoor porch or post lamp.
On average, appliances account for about 17 percent of a household’s energy consumption, with refrigerators, clothes washers, and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list. Boehmer Heating and Cooling often recommends upgrading old and inefficient home appliances to new ENERGY STAR–rated appliances. Usually, we can include them in the financing packages so that you can enjoy new appliances with the savings from a larger home–improvement project!
Windows & Doors
Replacing windows and doors can help you save money, be more comfortable, and reduce noise.
Done right, they control heat flow, reduce drafts. And not only do they help your home be more energy efficient, they also improve its appearance, resale value, and durability. Boehmer Heating and Cooling includes windows and doors as an important component of our Home Performance Solutions. We focus on quality installation to optimize comfort and energy savings. We don’t just replace your windows and doors: we also thoroughly air seal and insulate them to ensure you get the maximum benefit out of your new windows.
With the increasing energy costs, solar is one of the best ways you can save money on your utility bill. Boehmer Heating and Cooling installs a state–of–the–art residential solar solutions that are clean, cost–effective and uses the sun’s energy to power your house or heat your water. Talk to your Boehmer Heating and Cooling advisor to see if solar solutions can be beneficial for you and your home.
Home Energy Assessment – Four Step Explanation
Four Easy Steps Starting With a Comprehensive Assessment
With energy upgrades typically completed in 2–3 days, our whole–house approach is based on advanced diagnostics.
This holistic method allows Boehmer Heating and Cooling to go beyond the usual symptomatic spot repairs and quick fixes that don’t really solve your problems. Our advanced testing measures the dynamics of air flow and moisture, and how household equipment interacts with each other and with a home’s construction. Our Home Performance solutions treat a house as a completely integrated system instead of just four walls and a roof stuffed with appliances.
Step 1: Receive a Home Energy Assessment
The only way to ensure maximum energy savings and increased comfort is to evaluate every aspect of the home.
Our advisors are highly trained in all home components and understand the intricate principles of building science. When you call Boehmer Heating and Cooling a certified advisor shows up, armed with the latest Home Performance technology and diagnostic tools, including a blower door, infrared camera, smoke wand, and more. These tools are used to pinpoint root sources of high energy consumption, and health and comfort issues such as:
- Air Leaks
- Insufficient Insulation
- Defective Ducts
- Gas Leaks
- Inefficient Lighting and Appliances
They thoroughly inspect, test, safety check, and evaluate all the components of your home. Your advisor then analyzes all the data collected to determine your home’s optimum performance.
Step 2: Review Home Energy Assessment Report
Identify areas of concern and prioritize which upgrades will drive the greatest savings and comfort!
After fully assessing your home, your advisor will provide options and costs for a customized solution or energy road map, as well as predicted energy savings and guarantees. They will then assist you in selecting the energy improvements that will be the best investments for your home and family.
Most often, customers choose to have the thermal wrap applied. This consists of scientifically sealing air infiltration points in the home and super insulating the walls and attic spaces. A thermal barrier is created around the home that is analogous to a person wearing a thick, wool sweater with a wind breaker in the winter time.
Step 3: Make Energy–Saving Improvements
Boehmer Heating and Cooling offers a wide range of energy savings upgrades and services to lower your utility bills...and more!
Once a course of action is selected, an experienced installation crew performs the entire scope of work that often includes:
- Heating and Cooling Systems
- Duct Work
- Air Sealing and Insulation
- Replacement Windows and Doors
- Indoor Air Quality Procedures
As a single–source Home Performance provider, Boehmer Heating and Cooling, handles the design, construction, management, and maintenance of your entire home improvement project. This single vendor approach saves time and money, and ensures you receive the highest quality results as quickly as possible.
Step 4: Enjoy Lower Utility Bills and More!
Boehmer Heating and Cooling, guarantees immediate results and delivers on what it promises!
You will experience immediate results including:
- A safe, comfortable, and draft–free home
- Enhanced indoor air quality to protect your family’s health
- Guaranteed energy savings*
- Increased energy efficiency and environmental protection
- Improved home durability and reduced maintenance costs
- Increased resale value
After your job is complete, we return to your home at scheduled intervals to make sure it is continuing to perform at optimum efficiency and to properly maintain the equipment reliability and longevity. This gives you extra peace of mind that your home will continue to work right.
* Check with your advisor to see if your house qualifies for our energy savings guarantee. Terms and conditions apply.