With the outdoor temperatures dropping, now’s the time to make improvements to boost your home’s energy efficiency, enhance your family’s comfort and keep your home well maintained over the winter. If you’re unsure where to start, having a professional energy evaluation performed is one priority that can help you find out exactly where improvements are needed to get your home winter-ready.

What’s Involved in an Energy Evaluation?

An energy evaluation is an assessment of the efficiency of your home’s structure and systems. First, a pro will look at your recent energy bills and ask about your energy use habits and comfort concerns. They’ll then perform a detailed visual assessment that covers:

  • Features of your home’s building envelope, including the windows and doors.
  • Heating and cooling system components.
  • Moisture issues and condensation.
  • Visible health/safety issues.

An energy assessment also includes specialized diagnostics like:

  • A blower door test that uses a powerful fan to push air out and depressurize your home’s interior. This pulls air in through unsealed openings, gaps and cracks so that leak sources can be identified using a smoke pencil.
  • A thermographic scan that uses infrared and still cameras to detect heat variations in your home’s shell. The variations show up as different colors, so a pro can see where attic insulation is insufficient or missing, and sources of air leakage.

Your Energy Evaluation Report: An Invaluable Winter Prep Tool

Once the energy assessment is complete, you’ll receive a report that details any issues that need attention, as well as recommendations for targeted improvements to increase your home’s overall efficiency. The recommendations might include:

  • Weatherizing around your home’s exterior. You can stop air leaks that cost you energy and money by sealing any identified holes, cracks and gaps in the exterior shell or around windows using caulk or expandable foam, and sealing leaks around doors with weatherstripping
  • Air sealing and insulating your attic. If the assessment shows that energy losses are occurring between your living space and the attic, you can curb them using an appropriate sealant product as mentioned above. If there are areas on the attic floor or in hard-to-access spots that lack sufficient insulation, you can have an expandable product professionally blown in to bring the level up to the recommended R-49 to R-60.

If you need expert attic insulation services to improve the energy efficiency of your Ann Arbor home, contact us at Victors Roofing.

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