Home Energy Audit Services
A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. A Home Performance Energy Audit performed by an A.J. Michaels Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified auditor will assess your home's energy consumption, pinpoint where energy is being lost, and evaluate and recommend measures to take to improve your home's energy efficiency.
For a limited time the EmPower Maryland Program is offering a $300 rebate on whole home energy audits. And, A.J. Michaels offers a $250 Total System Leakage Analysis, which measures the amount of leakage in your duct work at NO additional charge. You receive a complete evaluation of your home's energy efficiency, and a thorough review of the audit and any recommendations with an energy coach — a $650 value for only $100.
These audits make you eligible for $2,500 in rebates to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. This offer is for a limited time so act now.
Our on-staff auditors use the latest techniques and equipment including blower doors which measure the extent of leaks in the home's building envelope, and infrared cameras which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation. We'll help you prioritize repairs and improvements so you can solve the biggest problems without making smaller problems worse.
Contact A.J. Michaels for additional information or to schedule your audit today.
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Your house is a system.
You understand that your car is made up of interacting components and systems - when one component fails, it affects the performance of the entire vehicle. Do you know that the same goes for your house?
High energy bills, uneven temperatures from room-to-room, drafts, moisture, mold, mildew, poor indoor air quality, ice dams, pest infestations, seemingly uncontrollable humidity levels and even premature deterioration of building materials can all be the result of a breakdown in the relationship between the systems in your house – the building envelope (shell), heating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and you, the occupants.
If one system has a problem, it impacts the other systems' ability to function properly. Treating the obvious symptom without knowing the real culprit behind it can actually make the problem worse or create new problems. The process of elimination approach just causes frustration as you try solution after solution – investing more time, money and energy – without resolution.
Properly diagnosing and fixing the root cause requires a house-as-a-system approach based on building science.
That's exactly what A.J. Michaels does. We assess your whole home and we are uniquely qualified unlike others because we have the expertise and licensees to do all the work required to make your home more energy efficient.
Here's how it works
Most projects start with an interview with you, the homeowner, to find out what symptoms you've noticed and what, if anything, you've tried to fix those symptoms. An evaluation of your energy bills provides clues to areas that need improvement.
Next, our BPI certified professional will conduct a thorough walk-through - both indoors and out. The technician will use an infrared camera to get a visual on temperature differences in different areas, conduct a blower door test to depressurize the house and assess air leakage levels through the building envelope, and test for leakage in the duct work of forced-air HVAC systems. We will also perform other function and safety tests on HVAC equipment, including carbon monoxide levels and combustion appliance back-draft testing.
At the end of the comprehensive whole-home assessment, A.J. Michaels will provide you with a scientific, objective view of the situation. They'll be able to help you prioritize repairs in order – from must-do to nice-to-do – so you can solve the biggest problems without making smaller problems worse.
Once the improvement work is completed, a second whole-home assessment follows with all of the same steps as the first. This makes sure that all the corrections work, and the desired performance levels have been achieved. The project is only considered complete when you agree that the job has been done right.
Once the follow up test or Test-Out has been completed we will help facilitate the application process for rebates up to $2500 through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. All rebates are paid after the completion of the work, usually within two weeks of submitting paperwork.