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Perform an Energy Audit for Your Whole House

What to do when performing an energy audit for your entire home:

  1. Find the rating of every appliance or light fitting. Check for Energy Star labels or other low-use ratings. Replacing older appliances that waste energy is a good idea.
  2. Be sure to check the water heater, look for leaks and rust. The heater’s energy efficiency and age should be checked as well.
  3. A combustion analyzer can be used to perform a test for the safety of steam boilers.
  4. You can use the analyzer for measuring the amount of gas and its temperature in the flue.
  5. After drilling a small hole into the flue, you can use the analyzer to test the air flow and ensure the boiler exhausts properly.
  6. To confirm there are no gases leaking in your basement, place a smoke stick near the chimney.
  7. Use an electric fan at the entrance to the home to detect air leaks.
  8. Close all doors and windows in the home. Then turn on your blower fan and close the fireplace dampers.
  9. A smoke stick can be used for checking around fireplaces, chimneys, vents or doors.
  10. Infrared sensors can be used to detect temperature variations on interior ceilings and wall surfaces. The presence of a cold spot can be an indication that there is faulty insulation, or an air leak.
  11. The infrared temperature sensor can be used for checking the temperature of pull-down attic steps.
  12. The insulation on the attic’s floor should measure at least 12 inch deep. Add more insulation, if necessary.
  13. When the insulation has been damaged, it should be replaced with new insulation.
  14. Insulate your chimney after sealing any air gaps with fire-rated caulking or flashing.
  15. Use caulk polyurethane to fill all cracks and holes in your attic.
  16. Purchase or create a rigid attic staircover and place it over openings for pull-down staircases.