Energy Smart is a business providing home energy audits and energy saving improvements. The company is committed to the latest and greatest advances in the emerging field of home performance. Here are some of their core business practices, which they believe are essential to running an effective (and successful) home performance outfit.
Industry Standards and the Whole House Approach to Building Performance They are a proud partner with Home Performance with EnergyStar and PA Home Energy. The ESHI team works according to the whole-house approach to building performance. They treat each house as a system of interrelated parts; what affects one part of the system affects them all. An inefficient HVAC system may contribute to moisture problems in unlikely places throughout the house. Incandescent light bulbs and other heat-emitting home appliances make tangible differences on air conditioning loads. Air leaks compromise the effectiveness of insulation. By taking the whole-house approach, they are able to accurately assess the quality of the home environment, and thus help homeowners make the best decisions toward becoming more energy efficient, cost effctive, and comfortable. To learn more about the whole-house approach, the Whole Building Design Guide is a great place to start.
Air Sealing AND Insulation Maintaining a comfortable and energy efficient home entails both insulating and air sealing the building envelope. At Energy Smart Home, they air seal customer’s home to stop the movement of uncontrolled, unwanted air between the interior and exterior, then insulate to give it a complete thermal boundary.